Old Ladybank Post Office building closes but service retained

Rod Maxwell at Ladybank post office. (Photo by George McLuskie)

Rod Maxwell at Ladybank post office. (Photo by George McLuskie)

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Ladybank’s stand-alone Post Office - one of the last in north east Fife - closed yesterday (Thursday).

The Post Office, in Commercial Road, had a proud history, stretching back to it heyday when the town was a major railway junction.

Thankfully, residents will not be without Post Office facilities, as the Spar store - also in Commercial Road - is to take on the service.

Rod Maxwell, who has been postmaster at Ladybank for more than 26 years, has decided to retire following the Post Office’s “reinvention programme.”

Mr Maxwell and his wife, Valerie, were also in partnership at Cupar Post Office, prior to it being taken over by its current owner.

At one time, Ladybank Post Office was the only one in an area that stretched from Markinch to Gauldry.

The office and building above was one of the most important properties in the town when it also accommodated the telephone exchange and telegraph office.

The closure of the Post Office is the latest to have taken place in towns and villages throughout the throughout the district, with even the facility in St Andrews now being located within a national chain shop.

Restructuring within the Post Office in recent years has seen the closure or downgrading of hundreds of Post Offices.

The service, while striving to maintain a local presence across Scotland, put forward alternatives, such as mobile facilities, “hosted” restricted hours services and partner operations, mainly in shops.