Plaque unveiled at axed Welwyn Garden City post office

PUBLISHED: 13:22 07 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:04 26 October 2009

Dennis Lewis on the right with shop boss Richard Edlin and Brenda Marden holding the makeshift plaque

Dennis Lewis on the right with shop boss Richard Edlin and Brenda Marden holding the makeshift plaque

A PLAQUE to commemorate an unpopular decision to close a post office has been unveiled. Handside post office, in Marsden Road, WGC, served its final customers on November 18. And on Friday last week, former Welwyn Hatfield councillor Dennis Lewis revealed

A PLAQUE to commemorate an unpopular decision to close a post office has been unveiled.

Handside post office, in Marsden Road, WGC, served its final customers on November 18.

And on Friday last week, former Welwyn Hatfield councillor Dennis Lewis revealed a plaque to remind residents of the "infamous" closure of the branch, located inside Huttons newsagents.

The notice is inscribed on an "encapsulated sheet of cardboard", but Dr Lewis hopes that a more lasting memorial can be erected in the future.

"I would like to see a permanent plaque on the wall outside Huttons," he said.

"If anybody feels inclined to help I would be delighted to accept their cheque."

Dr Lewis, who set up a council of war to try and save the counter, told the WHT why he had decided to create the memorial.

"Along with thousands of people we are still very angry about this decision," he said.

"We want to ensure we don't forget what happened here.

"We shall not forget what they [Royal Mail] have done to this community."

But Dr Lewis stressed he had not given up hope of restoring a post office to Handside.

He said: "I have written to the chairman of Royal Mail [Allan Leighton] and received a reply from one of this gophers.

"In their reply I have identified five factual inaccuracies in their case for closing Handside.

"I have written back to point out these errors."

Dr Lewis added he was "disgusted" with Post Office Ltd, the "lackey" of the Government, for closing the branch.

And the 80-year-old, who served as a Conservative councillor for almost 40 years, smiled: "I shall never vote Labour again!


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