Tributes paid to long-serving subpostmistress

Feb 15, 2019 | Post Office

Kevin Whitlock

The Post Office has paid tribute to a "loyal" and "long-serving" Somerset postmaster who has died suddenly.

Peggy Gange-Harris, the postmaster of Othery Post Office, passed away on Thursday (February 7).

Mrs Gange-Harris, who was well respected in the community, was in charge of the Fore Street branch for 41 years.

As a mark of respect, her family opened the branch for one last time on Friday (8 February).

A Post Office spokesperson said: "We are saddened by the news that the Postmaster for Othery has died and the branch is temporarily closed after today.

"Mrs Peggy Gange-Harris, who died on Thursday (7 February) has been one of our loyal and long-serving postmasters.

"Peggy is well-known and respected in Othery for running the Post Office for more than 41 years.

"Peggy was still the Postmaster when she died. We thank Mrs Peggy Gange-Harris for her commitment to her community.

"Peggy's family opened the branch today as a mark of respect to their beloved mother who had run the Post Office since 17 July 1977."

"Unfortunately her family are unable to continue to operate the branch."

"We understand how important a Post Office is to a community and we would like to reassure customers that we will work hard to restore a Post Office in Othery.

"The nearest alternative branches are Middlezoy and Langport."

Until the matter is resolved, residents are being advised to visit to these alternative branches:

Middlezoy Post Office, Methodist Church, Middlezoy, Bridgwater, TA7 0NZ (open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8.45am - 12pm, 2 - 5pm)

Langport Post Office, Bow Street, Langport, TA10 9PQ (open Monday to Friday: 8am - 5.30pm; Saturday: 8am – 4pm).

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