Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

End of family tradition at Isle of Man post office

A couple whose family have run an Isle of Man post office for almost 120 years are retiring.

Dennis and Do Gelling have run Crosby post office since April 1964 but are due to close their doors for the final time on 24 September.

Mr Gelling took over from his aunt, Beatrice Hill, who had run the office since 1936. His grandfather was sub postmaster from 1891 to 1936.

The Post Office is now looking for someone to take over the business.

Marty Quine, from the Isle of Man Post Office, said: "We are sad to see Dennis and Do retire but are extremely grateful to them for providing such a dedicated service for the Post Office for a period spanning 46 years.

"Regrettably we have been unable to find a replacement to take over the agency despite advertising.

"However we are fully committed to continuing the agency if possible. If any interest is shown in the future to reopen a sub post office in the area, we would be delighted to consider it."

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