A post office has been hailed as a “lifeline service” after it reopened in an Aberdeen community.
The new Woodside Post Office on Great Northern Road, owned and run by the husband-and-wife team of Zulfiqar and Sal Ahmad, has officially opened its doors to the public – and the event was marked with a celebration.
At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the impact of the shop on the community was praised. It originally closed three years ago.
Kenny Lamont, the regional change manager for the Post Office in Scotland and Northern Ireland, said: “We are absolutely delighted the new post office in Woodside has opened.
“When the old one closed we tried really hard to get someone to take it on because it’s a lifeline service and it’s very important that we maintain post office branches across the country.
“It is already providing such a vital service to everyone in the community, from the very young to the elderly.
“It’s been well supported and we want that to continue. We want it to prosper and continue to thrive going forward.”
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The ribbon to mark the official opening was cut by Norman Davidson, 71, who was born in Woodside and is now a resident at nearby Laurels Lodge Care Home.
Sal, who along with her husband also runs the Berryden Post Office, said the couple are looking forward to a new challenge.
She said: “The way we want to do things in Woodside is like a “post office express” – it will have everything people need in a smaller environment.
“Our customers will also have access to the convenience store side of things, as well as JG Ross bakers.”
Customer Audrey Napier, 70, who lives on nearby Clifton Road, attended the official opening with her husband Bob, 69.
She said: “It’s great for the community.
“It’s needed here, particularly for elderly people.”