LONG-SERVING Netherton postmaster Sukhdev Singh and his wife Narinder Kaur are retiring from the shop they have run for 33 years.

Netherton Post Office was added to their shop at 65 Halesowen Road, Netherton, in 1996.

Now the couple want to retire and Mandip Kaur Wallace, who has regularly worked at the branch on an ad hoc basis, will be the new postmaster from March 20.

Postmaster Sukhdev Singh said: “I can honestly say I have enjoyed every day working here. We have got to know the local people so well that they are just like family.

“Customers come in and greet me as ‘Dave’ as that’s the name people know me by in the village. We then have a little chat.

“We stayed open throughout lockdown and people were grateful that they could stay local for essential Post Office services and do their banking.

“We’re going to miss our customers. We wanted to retire now whilst we were still young enough to do lots of things. We want to go to India to visit lots of relatives. Many customers already know Mandip so we are very happy to be able to sell the business to her.”

Dudley News: New postmaster Mandip Kaur WallaceNew postmaster Mandip Kaur Wallace (Image: Post Office)

Post Office area manager, Nik Priestley, thanked the couple for their “long and loyal service” and he added: “We hope they enjoy their well-earned retirement. They will be sorely missed.”