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Crown post offices 'losing £37m a year'

The Post Office says its 370-branch crown network is losing £37million a year, which cannot be sustained.

The Post Office is committed to keeping branches on high streets across the UK. We know from decades of experience that the best way to do this for 70 of our Crown branches is to partner with a suitable retailer. We have announced our plans to seek a partner with whom to operate our Holywell branch.

In Wales we are seeking partners to help run our branches in Holyhead, Llangefni, Holywell, Rhyl, Port Talbot, Neath, Morriston (Swansea) and Carmarthen. There are currently 20 Crown Post Offices in Wales out of a network of over 950 branches, therefore around 98% of the total network in Wales already operate successfully through franchises and agreements with retailers of this type.

– Post Office spokesperson

Post offices 'vital' for local people - MP

Delyn MP David Hanson will be among the speakers at this evening's meeting. He says the future of Wales' crown post offices needs to be protected.

I'm concerned about the impact the changes to the Crown Post Office might have for its staff and the local community it serves in Holywell, as post offices are often vital for local people.

People across North Wales really value their Post Offices and want to be able to access a range of services like motor vehicle licences, passport check and send services, bureau de change and to receiving appropriate advice and assistance for these documents.

So the announcement of changes by the Post Office raises the real prospect that these services may no longer be easily available to local people.

The UK government claim to have no planned closure programme, but this would seem somewhat like closure and reduction of services by stealth, so the government must answer how the future of the 20 Crown Post Offices branches across Wales are to be protected.

– David Hanson MP - Labour, Delyn

Holywell High Street has been struggling in recent years and the Post Office is a key attraction which draws people into the town centre. With superstores such as Tesco on the outskirts of the town, if the Post Office was to be lost from this location other local retailers would lose out.

There are ways to keep this office open and we're calling on the company to listen to the views of its staff and customers. We're urging as many local residents as possible to come along to this meeting to have a say in the future of their local services.

– Jenny Windsor, Communication Workers Union

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Campaigners meet in bid to save Holywell post office

Holywell's Crown Post Office is one of eight being considered for franchise Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Campaigners against plans to franchise Holywell's Crown Post Office will hold a public meeting later.

The High Street branch is one of eight being considered for franchise out of 20 Crown Post Offices across Wales - leaving 12 by 2015.

The Post Office said it is committed to keeping branches on high streets across the UK, pointing out that around 98% of the total network in Wales already operate successfully through franchises and agreements with retailers.

But Communication Workers Union, the trade union representing staff working in Crown Post Offices, says Post Offices are 'key attractions' in town centres and believes there are ways to keep Holywell's open.

A petition has also been signed by thousands of people objecting to the plans.

The meeting will be held at Holywell Leisure Centre from 6pm.

Welsh acts Pre-Skool and Richard & Adam set for 'Britain's Got Talent' final

Two brothers from Flintshire are preparing to go up against a group of super - young, super - energetic dancers from Port Talbot plus a few other acts in the finals of Britains Got Talent.

The singing double-act Richard and Adam and the twinkle toed tiny tots Pre-Skool will be flying the Welsh flag for us.

Rob Shelley reports.

Pre Skool make it two Welsh acts in Britain's Got Talent final

The dancers, from Port Talbot, are all aged between five and eight Credit: ITV/Britain's Got Talent

Port Talbot dance troupe, Pre Skool are the second Welsh act to make it through to this year's Britain's Got Talent finals. The youngsters won the judges' vote to join Richard and Adam Johnson in next week's finale.

Singer Robbie Kennedy, from Cwmbran, also performed on Thursday's live semi-finals but failed to make it through.

Cwmbran builder Robbie Kennedy performed Bryan Adams's 90s 'Everything I do, I do it for you' Credit: ITV/Britain's Got Talent

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Holywell brothers "made up" to be in Britain's Got Talent finals

Two welsh singers from Holywell said they are "absolutely made up" to be through to the finals of Britain's Got Talent.

Richard and Adam Johnson won the public vote in the live semi-final last night.

Speaking to Daybreak this morning, the brothers said : "We never in a million years thought we'd be able to get to where we are."

Holywell brothers through to Britain's Got Talent final

Holywell brothers Richard and Adam Johnson are through to the finals Credit: FreemantleMedia/Syco

Richard and Adam Johnson from Holywell are through to the Britain's Got Talent finals. The brothers won the public vote on Monday night's first live semi-final for their rendition of 'Somewhere' from musical West Side Story.

The brothers sang 'Somewhere' from musical West Side Story Credit: FreemantleMedia/Syco

Speaking to hosts Ant and Dec, the brothers said making the final meant "so much" to them after working hard over the last couple of years.

The brothers won the public vote in the first semi-final Credit: FreemantleMedia/Syco

Company director: 'too soon for speculation on cause of blaze'

A director of Mainetti, the plastic hanger company that owned the industrial unit, said the site had been badly damaged by the blaze.

Evacuation procedures are well drilled on site and were successful; no-one was hurt and all persons are accounted for.

We do have an Emergency Continuity Business Plan, which we are following at this time. Directors from the company are on site to deal with events and to answer any employee or customer queries. At this time, it is too soon for speculation on the cause of the blaze. We will, of course, co-operate with the formal fire investigation. We would like to place on record our thanks to the emergency services for their continued efforts on site.

– Graham Wilson, Mainetti production director
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