FRIDAY was a red letter day for Dalgety Bay with the official re-opening of the town's "essential" post office.

It had closed in March after the resignation of the postmaster, with the nearest services for customers in Aberdour or Inverkeithing.

Post Office did not own the Regents Way premises either and said they were "working hard to restore services to them as soon as possible".

That day arrived and Lesley Laird, the MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, gave her stamp of approval at the re-opening of the new post office in the RS McColl store on Regents Way.

She said: “When Dalgety Bay lost its post office earlier this year it represented a huge blow to the local community.

“It brought home to many people just how essential local PO services are, especially after the loss of local bank branches.

“I’m very pleased to be able to officially open this new branch which has restored post office services to the community of Dalgety Bay. I wish them every success for the future.”

Chief operating officer for McColl’s Retail Group, Dave Thomas, said: We are delighted with our new Dalgety Bay Post Office, the branch offers a wide range of post office services alongside our extensive retail offer.

"As a convenience store operator we are always looking for ways to make life easier for our customers and the additional post office services will be available for the full opening hours of the store in order to provide an excellent service for the local community.”

Services are available seven days a week, from 6.30am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 7am to noon on Sunday.

Mark Gibson, Post Office external affairs manager, added: “We are delighted to have restored post office services to Dalgety Bay.

"The longer opening hours will make it easier for customers to get their cash, send and collect their mail and do their banking because we know how important these services are to local residents.

"We are confident that this vibrant, new style post office at the heart of the local community will meet customer needs.”