Queensferry postmaster's daughter keeps up tradition

Published date: 28 March 2014 |
Published by: Owen Evans 
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THE daughter of one of the country’s longest serving postmasters has stepped into her dad’s shoes to help serve the community.

John-Pierce Margarson, who ran Queensferry post office for more than 60 years, died last month, aged 89.

After his death the post office closed and regulars feared it may never reopen at its current site.

But now, his daughter Elizabeth Prims has taken the reins, becoming the fourth generation in the Margarson family to run the post office.

Mrs Prims said: “As we know, Queensferry post office was very close to my father.

“My father would have wanted the best for his customers and staff – he wouldn’t have wanted to see the Queensferry community let down.

“Having Queensferry post office closed for five weeks has been very hard, and I’m pleased to be able to say it has now reopened.”

Mr Margarson, a father-of-three, became a sub-postmaster in 1952, the year the Queen came to the throne, and ran it right up until his death.

He also ran Sandycroft post office for more than two decades.

As well as working for the Post Office for more than six decades, Mr Margarson also served in the army, was a Justice of the Peace for more than 30 years, was a councillor and was awarded an OBE in 1997 for his charity work.

John was born above Sandycroft post office in 1924 where his father had been sub-postmaster for 25 years.

John’s grandfather had been a sub-postmaster as early as 1906, meaning the family’s involvement with the Post Office spans more than a century – and it now looks like the tradition will continue, at least for the time being.

Mrs Prims said: “We are continuing a family tradition – I am now the fourth generation to be running the post office. My dad had the Post Office in his blood.

“I will be working in this role until a more permanent solution is found.”

Elizabeth’s mother Margaret, 88, known as Peggy, has also run the Shotton post office branch for more than 45 years.

Peggy and John had three children, Elizabeth, 51, Pamela, 65, and John, 64 – as well as six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, and Pamela will also be helping at the post office.

John, a mariner who spent seven years sailing round the world, suffered serious injuries after a car crash with a lorry late last year.

He suffered serious leg, hip, arm and facial injuries in the crash and is still in recovery.

Earlier this month, residents in the Queensferry area contacted the Leader expressing concern over whether the post office would be reopened.

Councillors and business leaders also raised concerns about the closure, and Post Office bosses had to reassure customers that they were working to reopen it.

Now their fears will be eased at news of this week’s reopening.

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