FEARS a village post office would close have been quashed after the owner agreed to postpone his retirement.
Residents in Mixenden, Halifax, faced a double blow after their sub-postmaster announced his resignation.
They were told Ramanlal Mistry and wife Sushila, who are both heavily involved in the community, would leave on February 19.
Royal Mail said the post office would remain shut until a replacement could be found.
Now the couple have said they will continue until a permanent solution is established.
Royal Mail confirmed they have already had interest in taking over the role.
Mr Mistry and his wife have worked at the post office for more than 30 years.
It was announced on Friday residents could be left without their local post office but now an applicant has come forward.
Council cabinet member Barry Collins said he was delighted with the news.
“The sub-post office in Mixenden is a lifeline for many residents and closure would have hit them hard.
“The next nearest post offices are in Illingworth and Ovenden, a long way to travel for older people and those without cars.
“It’s fantastic news that Mr Mistry has postponed his retirement until we can find a more permanent arrangement.”
Councillor Collins paid tribute to Mr Mistry, saying he “has given extraordinary service to the community.”
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