On Monday 15 April 'The One Show' featured the move of York Post Office to the new WHSmith branch in Coney Street, which opened on 4 April.
Roger Gale, (Network and Sales Director), was interviewed about how the change would help to ensure the branch is commercially viable into the future and protect Post Office services on which customers in the area depend.
Roger explained: “The Post Office is committed to keeping our services at the heart of communities which we know is hugely important to people. This change means we can continue to do that, into the future. We are making sure we take the right action to sustain services for years to come.”
'The One Show' also covered the final day of trading at the old Post Office on Lendal on 3 April and featured 95-year-old RAF veteran, Harold Wood. On 29 April 1942, Mr Wood (who was 18 at the time) was part of a five-man Home Guard team who saved the old Post Office building during the night of the York Blitz.
Roger met Mr Wood to listen to his concerns about moving the branch out of Lendal and what would happen to the war memorial in the 100-year-old building.
We relocated York Post Office following a period of local public consultation and review. At the new WH Smith branch, the same wide range of products and services are available, with extended opening hours, seven days a week.
We are working with Royal Mail to identify the most appropriate place to relocate war memorials so that members of the public can continue to pay their respects to our colleagues who sacrificed their lives. We fully recognise the importance and significance of war memorials, and, once agreed, relocations are handled with due and proper care and sensitivity, including a re-dedication ceremony.
You can catch the One Show on BBC iPlayer.