Edzell’s former Sub Postmaster, David Greasley, has paid tribute to his two former employees after a village collection raised over £1,000 for the duo.
Mary Rose Harkin and Val Welsh had worked at the High Street Post Office for a combined total of 48 years, and David described them as “marvellous”.
Discussing the collection, he said: “Money came from all over the village, and I think the main reason the collection was so well supported was because Mary Rose and Val looked after the customers so well.
“There was something special about the collection I thought, but then they were something special too.”
The two women were made redundant following the Post Office’s relocation, and David, and his wife Sharon, lamented the job loss.
He said: “We do feel sorry. It’s an end of era. All the tradition has gone. It’s two rural jobs that have now disappeared.”
He added: “We appreciated what the village did for the collection, and for writing and protesting on our behalf.”
Mary Rose had been with the Post Office for 42 years, starting as a Saturday girl when she 14. David said: She was so good at the job. She knew all the customers, and their families.”
Speaking about Val, he added: “She may have only been there for six years, but she was just as good in her own way.”
He continued: “They were tremendous people. You couldn’t have gotten better people for the job. We’d like to say a big thank you to them.
“Without them, we couldn’t have done it. We appreciated everything they did.”