Post office to close after almost two centuries

Paul Rakhra outside Gomersal Post Office, which  is closing after 179 years.
Paul Rakhra outside Gomersal Post Office, which is closing after 179 years.

Gomersal Post Offce is to close after 179 years of serving the community.

Post Master Paul Rakhra, 55, has been working in the Post Office for five years and planned to continue working until retirement.

Mr Rakhra said: “The decision has already been made so it’s no good being miserable, you just have to get on with it.

“Everyone is sad, no one is happy about it and some customers have even said the Post Office has been a part of their lives, those are the kind of comments I’m hearing.

“It’s nice to know people care for you so much to make a Facebook page to try to prevent the closure happening and the local councillor Lisa Holmes even got involved, but it’s done and dusted now.

“I know a lot of locals in the area and I have so much banter with them, even though I can’t remember any of their names.”

And memorabilia is being gathered by a local resident whose great great grandfather was a Post Master.

The local resident has put together pictures of the Post Office and how it has changed through the years as well as a A timeline which remembers all the different Post Masters that have worked there.

Mr Rakhra said: “It would be false to say I didn’t expect it to happen, my wife has been very ill and I nearly lost her so it’s been a testing time.

“The post office closing down is just one of those things but there’s no point being sad about it because in the end it doesn’t impact on anyone but yourself.

“It was a steady income and an ideal job for me because I didn’t want anything too hectic.

“It kept me busy but I really enjoyed it, the closing down of the post office has came round so quickly and everything seems to be happening all at once.”

The Post Office will close on April 30 after 179 years. It move into McColl’s which is also on Spen Lane.