Rallying support for Lytham postmaster

Mark Bamforth and Fylde MP Mark Menzies
Mark Bamforth and Fylde MP Mark Menzies

Momentum is growing and support gathering in the fight to ensure a Post Office does not get relocated.

Hundreds of people have signed an online petition to add to increasing public pressure to resist any relocation of Lytham’s Warton Street Post Office.

It’s been a really positive week and the support has been great once again, it means a lot to me.

Mark Bamforth

Postmaster Mark Bamforth accused the Post Office last week of having a “personal vendetta” against him after the organisation announced another operator for the facility was being sought.

The organisation wants its counters placed within other businesses and told Mark he had to demonstrate an improved profit plan from his own business to retain the counter.

Fylde MP Mark Menzies said the business was the “hub of the community”.

Since then, residents across Fylde have voiced their support and backed Mark.

He said: “It’s been a really positive week and the support has been great once again, it means a lot to me. I’ve made it clear to the Post Office again that I want to stay.”

Residents have now organised two events to help support Mark in his bid to stay at the branch.

On April 1, a number of loyal pensioners who rely on the Post Office on a daily basis have organised a sit-in to show their frustrations against any possible move.

And on Easter Saturday, hundreds are expected to march through Lytham, as they did in 2008 in protest at a previous suggested relocation.

Diane Brown, who created the online petition signed by more than 400 people at www.thepetitionsite.com/836/134/401/save-warton-street-post-office-lytham , is adamant that the Post Office should remain where it is currently.

She said: “As I run a small online business, Warton Street Post Office is in the ideal location, easy to park when you have lots of packages to post. Mark always goes above and beyond to help his customers and is always polite.

“There is a lot of elderly people, who rely on the Post Office for their pension and paying bills, as well as being able to buy groceries at the same time.”