VILLAGERS in Whiteshill are delighted to have been able to post Christmas cards in their treasured Victorian post box.

The box, which sits in a wall in The Plain, was sealed off with tape in September due to a water leak but was back in use last week.

Because of its age, spare parts were no longer available and had to be salvaged from similar boxes.

Peter Hood, of Lower Street, said: "I am so happy to see it back in service. I have already posted a letter.

"Some of us were worried that it was going to be removed altogether. It is more than 100 years old and it would have been such a shame to get rid of it."

Royal Mail spokesman Adrian Booth said: "Royal Mail is delighted to be able to reopen this postbox, which is clearly much appreciated by the local community.
"Sometimes it can be a challenge keeping these old boxes going."