Video: Protest march against the closure of village post office

PUBLISHED: 13:21 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:29 05 May 2010

ON Saturday more than 150 people marched in protest of the proposed closure of a village post office. The post office at St Ippolyts has been earmarked for closure but villagers have launched a campaign to try and save it. Many turned out carrying banners

ON Saturday more than 150 people marched in protest of the proposed closure of a village post office.

The post office at St Ippolyts has been earmarked for closure but villagers have launched a campaign to try and save it.

Many turned out carrying banners to march from the village shop to St Mary's Square in Hitchin, alongside Gwen Ward, who works in the shop and organised the demonstration, and the shop owner, Amanda Thompson.

Mrs Ward, who has lived in the village for 20 years, said: "It went very well and we were very pleased with the turnout. It shows the strength of feeling, and cars were bibbing their horns so we felt we had a lot of public support.

"Everyone was of the same mind - we just want to raise awareness to keep the post office. No one wants to see it go and we hope this protest march will have an impact."

The Mill Road resident added: "We have still got a petition running in the shop and have got well over 2,000 signatures. I have had people in the shop today (Tuesday) still signing. The momentum is still there and we are still pushing it."

The campaign to save Whitwell post office is also gathering momentum.

A protest march is being planned for this Saturday (August 16), when villagers will march from Whitwell to Kimpton to try and rubbish the Post Office's claims it is within walking distance.

The public consultation into post office closures closes on August 26. Anyone wishing to register their comments can either do so online at www.directenquiries.com by email to consultation@postoffice.co.uk by phone on 08457 22 33 44 or by post to Laura Tarling, network development manager, National Consultation Team, Freepost Consultation Team.

Ballot boxes for petition forms, petition letters and feedback forms will be collected from Bedwell and Pin Green community centres on August 20.

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