SIGNED, SEALED: Adrian and Geraldine Wedrat have owned and run the Helidon Post Office for 40 years.
SIGNED, SEALED: Adrian and Geraldine Wedrat have owned and run the Helidon Post Office for 40 years. Amy Lyne

Time for pair to close up shop

FOR 40 years, from 7am to 5.30pm, these days covering more than 400 houses a day in the mail run, Adrian and Geraldine Wedrat have owned and worked in the Helidon Post Office.

Next Monday the post office will change ownership after it was put on the market at the start of the year.

But the post office has been in the family for much longer - Adrian's father worked in the post office too before buying it in 1979.

When Adrian's father died, Adrian and Geraldine took on the challenge.

Adrian said while they didn't want to go, they are at that stage in life where they felt they should retire.

"We have grown up with the town," he said.

"The people who came here when we first started have children that now come here, and their children."

Adrian said that at one stage his whole family had worked in the post office including his parents and three sisters.

"We used to spend Christmas Day here all together and have Christmas dinner and Easter here," he said.

They have seen many changes over the years.

One of the biggest was the elimination of the telephone exchange in

1983.

Up until that time the post office had to be manned around the clock.

Geraldine said another big change was the introduction of computers, because before that everything had to be handwritten.

"It hasn't all been easy but it has been rewarding," she said.

She said while some may think the mail load may be decreasing, that was not true - it has doubled over the years.

"People have just stopped writing letters," she said.

"With online shopping the amount of packages has increased."

Both will miss the people they encounter each day the most.

While they are sad about leaving this chapter in their lives both are looking forward to not working to a timetable and finally being able to have a holiday.


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