LEES POST Office has reopened its doors after a sudden, temporary closure surprised locals in January.
Residents and businesses near the busy premises on the village high street were puzzled when a notice appeared in the front window in early January and the door remained locked.
The note informed customers that “Due to unforeseen circumstances this branch is closed until further notice”.
One worried resident said: “There was no advance warning. The Post Office just shut up – and that was that.”
But now the Post Office is operational once again after a temporary postmaster came in on January 19.
A Post Office spokesperson confirmed: “The Post Office apologises to customers for any inconvenience caused by the recent temporary closure of Lees Post Office, this was due to an operational issue.
“We are pleased to confirm that the branch has now reopened at the same site and is operating as normal.”
In 2008, the local community got behind the campaign to save the Post Office when it faced closure, with Lees Community Association helping to collect signatures on a petition.
Val Sedgwick and Barbara Beeley, both former Oldham councillors, were part of the action group along with Saddleworth Parish Councillor Cllr Brian Lord.