Postmaster retires after almost three decades

David Starling of Sheringham has grown five unusual black tomato plants in his garden after his coll

David Starling, pictured in 2015, is retiring as Sheringham postmaster after 27 years in the role. - Credit: MARK BULLIMORE

The man who has served as Sheringham's postmaster for 27 years has retired.

David Starling, 88, took over the role in 1994 after Royal Mail had closed the main post office in the town.

Starlings, a family-run toyshop and newsagents, then took over running the service with Mr Starling and his brother Barry deciding to incorporate it into their premises on High Street.

Starlings Sheringham

Starlings on High Street in Sheringham took over running the town's post office when it was closed by Royal Mail in 1994. - Credit: Google Maps

Now, with Mr Starling's retirement, the time has come to pass the post office business to someone new.

Starlings have said that they will continue running the service for the immediate future and continue to work with Post Office Ltd to help find a new permanent home in the town.

The Post Office is currently welcoming any application from retailers interested in running a post office.

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For the moment it is business as usual at Starlings.