Postmaster’s tribute to customers as he says farewell after 40 years

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Trevor Bragg has only ever known one job: working in the post office in Barrow.

Now, after 40 years, he is moving on from the role he loves and Barrow Post Office is relocating within the village to the Udder Room cafe at Forelock and Load.

Mr Bragg, 56, began working for his aunt Doris Wallis as a post office assistant as soon as he left school at the age of 16 in 1974, becoming postmaster himself in 1986.

In all the time he has worked at the post office it has been at its current location in Ley Road.

Mr Bragg, married to Beverley who runs Hair Fashions hairdressers in the village, said he would miss his job, adding it had been a “life-time’s work”.

“We are a vital part of the community. We are a piece of the jigsaw that makes Barrow what it is,” he said.

“What makes our post office is the customers who have supported us over the years.”

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He said he was moving on as he was nearing retirement and the opportunity to relocate had arisen through the Post Office transformation programme.

He does not have any firm plans, but he may still have a role with the Post Office or with the public, he said.

Initially, he will help the Udder Room out with the relocated branch through to Christmas and into the new year.

Speaking of the transformation programme, he said: “It was a golden opportunity to move it on elsewhere within the community which has been a long time in the making, but it’s worked very well. I’m very pleased. If I was to close it, it would have just closed.”

Mr Bragg, who has two children, has seen plenty of changes at the post office over his time there, including the mail sorting moving back to Bury St Edmunds in 1986.

But he also firmly believes there is still a role for the post office. “In the case of Barrow it’s part of the rural community,” he said.

Barrow Post Office will be at the Udder Room at Forelock and Load in Church Road from December 4.