Former Postmaster pays tribute to staff

Pictured are, from left,  Val Welsh, David Greasley and Mary Rose Harkin. ''Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

Pictured are, from left, Val Welsh, David Greasley and Mary Rose Harkin. ''Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

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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.”