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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

Sanquhar Post Office could close

Sanquhar Post Office could close if a buyer can't be found Credit: ITV News

When the doors of the Sanquhar post office opened Queen Anne who was on the throne. That was 302 years ago and it is officially the world's oldest working Post Office. However, the owners now want to sell up, and if a buyer can't be found, the business will have to close.

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


Full report: Police hunt for arsonist

Homes had to be evacuated and three teams of firefighters were callled to battle a blaze that appears to be the latest in a series of grass fires deliberately set alight in Dumfries and Galloway.

Some of the residents who were led from their homes were in their seventies, as large flames came within just a few feet of properties.

Police say the fire near Sanquhar is one of eight suspicious grass fires in the past six days.

Matthew Taylor has this report:

'Fire came within feet of garden' says Kelloholm resident

The fire came within feet of the garden Credit: Meg Alison

Ten homes had to be evacuated in Kelloholm, in Dumfries and Galloway, after a grass fire came within a few feet of residents' gardens.

Many of those evacuated were people over the age of 70.

One resident described it as "an inferno" and said "it was a very frightening experience".

The burnt out grass near Kelloholm Credit: ITV News Border

Arsonists set off more grass fires in South West Scotland

A number of grass fires have been started in Dumfries and Galloway over the Easter period.

Police say that the latest were set alight last night at on waste ground between Glenwhargen Avenue in Kelloholm and the River Nith.

The second was on waste ground between Blackaddie Road Sanquhar Police Station.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Police Scotland on the new non emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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