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  Reprinted from Newsletter 144, dated 2016 April

Sign of the times Jim Nagel

Gerald Cross, Glastonbury’s subpostmaster, paid £300 from his own pocket to reinstate the period sign projecting over the door of the neo-Tudor building in the High Street. It had been broken by a catering van at the 2013 carnival.

  Royal Mail, now privatized, passed responsibility for the building to Telereal Trillium, a corporation in Leeds that acquires and manages property hived off by the likes of the BBC, British Telecom and government departments.

  Trillium “did not want to know” about the broken sign, Mr Cross said, despite the building being listed Grade II. Mendip council took no enforcement action.

  Mr Cross finally had the work done through his builder who had refurbished the inside of the post office. Although one side of the sign was undamaged, both are now new to be sure they match.

  In May, Mr Cross will have been in the job for 15 years. Among his counter staff is his son Graham and also John Oberholzer, who was subpostmaster before him.

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