Harleston postmaster retires after 27 years in charge

Howard Farmer(Centre), who is retiring after 27 years at the helm of Harleston Post Office, and Neal Gurney (on left), the new postmaster. They are pictured with Jade Thacker. ANL-150715-222017005

Howard Farmer(Centre), who is retiring after 27 years at the helm of Harleston Post Office, and Neal Gurney (on left), the new postmaster. They are pictured with Jade Thacker. ANL-150715-222017005

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The postmaster at Harleston’s Post Office said the branch was in ‘safe hands’ after he stepped down from his role this week following 27 years at the helm.

The branch, which is located in The Thoroughfare, held a charity coffee morning on Wednesday, organised by the retiring Howard Farmer and his replacement, Neal Gurney, to raise money for the Nook Appeal at East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (EACH).

Mr Farmer, whose family has owned and run the town’s Post Office for 33 years, said he was happy to be able to support the charity as his send-off and was looking forward to making the most of his time in retirement.

“I wanted to take the opportunity to enjoy life a bit more. I’m leaving everything in safe hands,” he said.

“I’m quite positive for the town. It has done well to survive and I feel it’s still got a lot to offer.”

Mr Gurney, who takes over the branch a year after he won a national award while overseeing the Post Office in Thorpe St Andrew, said: “I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity.

“I aim to breathe a new lease of life to the Post Office, ensuring it remains a vital hub for the community.”