AIRTON Post Office has celebrated its successful opening inside Town End Farm Shop with customers on hand to cut the ribbon.

The post office, part of the farm shop, which featured on the BBC’s Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge opened its doors to customers last month but had its ribbon cutting ceremony this week.

Chris Wildman, who will operate the post office, said: “I am delighted to welcome the Post Office into our already successful farm shop. It’s a great addition to our business and I am looking forward to providing Post Office services to customers. I am proud to say that our farm shop attracts local customers as well as many from across North Yorkshire and further afield. Providing everyday banking services has proved particularly popular as the nearest bank is several miles away.”

The reopened Post Office will open 45 hours per week, on Tuesdays to Sundays, from 9.30am to 5pm, and will offer a wide range of services including special delivery, local collect and home shopping returns.

Also on offer is a range of banking services, such as cash withdrawals, deposits and bill payments.

Post Office manager, Ian Murphy, said: “I’d like to wish Chris every success in his new venture. We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in this rural area and we are confident that this new modern Post Office service will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.”