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Marjorie puts her stamp on the village

Postmistress, Marjorie Goldthorpe, of Great Preston Post Office, St Aidens Road, Great Preston, is celebrating her 50 years service after starting her job on the 8th January 1964. Date:9th January 2014, Picture James Hardisty, (JH1001/87a).

Postmistress, Marjorie Goldthorpe, of Great Preston Post Office, St Aidens Road, Great Preston, is celebrating her 50 years service after starting her job on the 8th January 1964. Date:9th January 2014, Picture James Hardisty, (JH1001/87a).

A long-serving postmistress, who has fought off three armed robbers during her time in the job, is celebrating 50 years’ service.

Grandmother-of-six Marjorie Goldthorpe started as postmistress at Great Preston Post Office – near Kippax –on January 8, 1964.

Over the years, Mrs Goldthorpe, 74, has turned the post office into a hub for the community.

She said: “It’s seen a big change over the years.

“There were no computers or calculators when I took over here. It was a pen and pencil, and pounds, shillings and pence.

“I like to think of the post office as a place where people can come and have a sit down and a cup of tea and a chat.

“The community - that’s the most important thing.

“I don’t class them as just customers. They are friends.”

To commemorate five decades as postmistress, Great and Little Preston Parish Council presented her with an engraved silver plate on behalf of the community.

A surprise party was held at the nearby New Inn, with around 80 guests.

Mrs Goldthorpe added: “I want to say a big thank you to the community.

“It is not the gifts or cards that are important - it’s nice to know that everybody is there for you.”

West Yorkshire Police gave Mrs Goldthorpe a commendation for her dedication to community service, bravery and resilience in the face of armed criminals.

She added: “It is just part of life. They have never got away with a lot of money, so I think I have been lucky.

“I want to carry on as long as I can. I don’t think it will be another 50 years though.”

Her son Andrew Goldthorpe said: “She’ll never pack it in.”

 

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