A beloved postmaster who spent 10 years working in Worcester has retired.

Alan Beasley, widely respected by the community, had spent a decade as a Worcester postmaster at the Cherry Orchard branch, before taking the helm at the Crabbs Cross Post Office, near Redditch, for 25 years.

Mr Beasley's devotion to his job is evidenced by the fact he missed just one workday in 35 years due to illness.



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He said: “I took to the role of Postmaster, like a duck to water. I have really loved being a Postmaster.

"I have prided myself in running a good office.

"I like to help people.

"I’m a people person and I get great satisfaction in helping people, especially the vulnerable."

He added: "I love retail and building up rapport with customers.

"I am really going to miss serving my customers.

"They are sad that I am leaving, but relieved that new retailers will take over the Post Office.”

His father, Edward Alan, affectionately known as "Old Alan", was also a stalwart of the post office.

He was warmly referred to as "oldest tea boy", serving drinks to staff, including his son, known as "Young Alan", until he was 98.

Prior to passing away just eight days before his 100th birthday, his son had reduced his opening hours to spend time with him.

Despite retiring, Mr Beasley plans to remain active in the community.

He plans to volunteer at the Salvation Army charity next door, and has recently bought a motorbike.

His retirement will also allow him to indulge his hobbies of fishing and golf.

Mat Wilkes, Post Office area manager, said: "Alan has been the pillar of this community for 35 years.

"He really has gone above and beyond for his community and he is very popular.

"I really want to thank him for his long and loyal service to the people of Crabbs Cross since 1988."

Crabbs Cross Post Office closed temporarily on Thursday, February 29, and will reopen under new management on Thursday, April 4 at 1pm at Simply Fresh in Redditch.