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Family-run Prestbury post office closes after 140 years

The Post Office in Prestbury, Gloucestershire, is set to close. Credit: ITV News West Country

A post office run by four generations of the same family for more than a century is set to close.

Claire Hutchings, the current postmaster at Prestbury in Gloucestershire, is running a business her great grandfather started in 1879.

Her father, Donald Sumption, worked in the role for 58 years until his death three years ago.

Owner Claire Hutchings. Credit: ITV News West Country

Ms Hutchings is retiring and there is currently no-one to take over the business- though a Post Office spokesman said it wanted to re-open the branch as soon as possible.

I would like to spend more time with my husband and family and do things that I haven’t been able to do previously and also the way retail is changing, things aren’t how they used to be.

– Claire Hutchings, owner