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Concern over Sanquhar Post Office

The current owners of the oldest post office in the world want to sell but if they can't find a buyer it will have to close.

"I think the people in Sanquhar are unilaterally in opposition to the post office moving they are very determine it should stay here it's something that they treasure, it's one of the flagships of the town of Sanquhar and it is significant for tourism in terms of Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland and indeed the UK as a whole."

– Cllr Jim Dempster, Dumfries and Galloway

"I mean it would be a disaster, where else would we go? The nearest one is, Kirkconnel. It's a lifeline to me because if I can't get my weekly money from there it means I've got to travel about 12 miles one way or 12 miles the other way. I think it would be a shame to lose it because children like to see a part of their heritage."

– A resident of Sanquhar

"The Post Office is currently working with the local community to ensure that the branch remains part of the Post Office network and Sanquhar's unique place in postal history is retained. The sub-postmistress is also keen to help in any way she can."

– A Post Office Spokesperson

Oldest post office for sale in Sanquhar

The world's oldest working post office is up for sale. The owners of the 300-year-old business in Sanquhar are keen to move on, but if a buyer can't be found then the Post Office may have to close for good. People in the town are concerned and the local councillor is hoping for a buyer.

"The best outcome would be the simple one that someone else would come and buy a viable business and continue to operate form this location here. If that wasn't possible then the Post Office, I believe, should explore the possibility of taking ownership or leasing the building, staffing it and using it as a mechanism to promote their business globally because it is a global business."

– Councillor Jim Dempster, Dumfries and Galloway Council

First 'Post Office Local' to open in Borders

The UK's first post office to be run by a housing association will officially open in the Scottish Borders later. (Monday 27th January)

The Post Office Local will be run from the entrance of the Scottish Borders Housing Association on Whinfield Road in Selkirk.

It comes after a local survey found that 97% of residents and 100% of local businesses were in favour of the idea.

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