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Sanquhar post office reaches remarkable milestone

David Mundell MP presents Sanquhar post office staff with a plaque to commemorate its 300th anniversary Photo: ITV Border

Celebrations have been taking place to mark the 300th birthday of the world's oldest post office. The branch in Sanquhar in Dumfries and Galloway opened in 1712 as a staging post for runners moving mail on foot and horseback.

A plaque was handed over the postmistress during a ceremony. It was delivered by David Mundell MP.

Postmistress Penny Murphy told ITV Border "the post office is older than America, we should be proud, we are proud, we have not just a national treasure, but an international treasure here and it's situated in Sanquhar, which is lovely"

The post office in Sanquhar has been open since 1712 Credit: ITV Border

The post office has been open longer than rival branches in Chile and Sweden. Regular customers say it's a vital part of the community and they hope it will be open for many years to come.