A FORMER mayor of a Herefordshire border town is set to be heavily involved in its jubilee celebrations in his new role at the post office.

Coun Simon Morris, better known as Syd, became postmaster at Hay-on-Wye's post office in Oxford Road in November, running it alongside his Country Supplies store in the same building, all while he was still mayor of the town.

He took over the role from previous long-serving postmaster Steve Like, who recently retired after 34 years.


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He has performed the roles alongside each other for the past seven months, before his term of office as mayor and leader of Hay on Wye Town Council ended in May.

Mr Morris and his team have decorated the post office and shop with bunting and flags.

He is also participating in the town’s best dressed window competition to mark 70 years of the Queen's reign.

Hay-on-Wye’s jubilee celebrations start on Thursday, June 2, coinciding with the town’s world renowned literary festival.

Thursday afternoon begins the festivities with the town crier’s proclamation in the Market Square, with the lighting of the jubilee beacon at 9.45pm.

A family fun day and an over 60s afternoon tea is being held in the recreation ground on the Friday.

The following day is an historic events walking parade and community picnic lunch in the Market Square.