Beryl delivers 40 years of service with Post Office

Beryl Smith with her award
Beryl Smith with her award

Berwick Post Office postmaster Beryl Smith is celebrating an impressive 40 years’ service with the Post Office.

Mrs Smith was presented with her 40-year Long Service Award by Caroline Hoare, Post Office manager.

The 72-year-old community stalwart, who was born in Berwick and lived there all her life, is an active and integral member of the local community.

Mrs Smith embarked on her Post Office career on the 19 April 1975 at the age of 32.

She took over as postmaster of the family-run Berwick Post Office following her mother’s retirement and has remained at the helm ever since.

Berwick Post Office has been part of the community since 1914 but has been run by Mrs Smith’s family for the last 60 years. When Mrs Smith took over as postmaster in 1975 she returned the post office to its original 1914 location. It remains a focal point of the community and is greatly appreciated by the local residents.

Mrs Smith said, “I am delighted to receive this long service award.

“When I took over the Post Office from my mother in 1975, I never thought that I would still be postmaster 40 years later. I remember helping out in the post office as a seven-year-old girl, stamping letters behind the counter so I guess I was always destined to follow this career path. I still enjoy the day-to-day interaction with my customers in this wonderful community.”

Mrs Smith, a parish councillor, is involved with the WI and Community Bus service to name a few.

She has four grown-up children and eight grandchildren.