Post Office bingo to help boost business + VIDEO

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TWO little ducks are top of the shop at a Wearside post office.

Wednesday afternoon bingo has become a popular fixture at the Hetton venue, since it was introduced by subpostmaster Stephanie Reilly as a way of boosting business and entertaining customers.

One of the bingo sessions at Hetton Post Office and cafe. Postmistress Stephanie Reilly behind her counter with some bingo tickets

One of the bingo sessions at Hetton Post Office and cafe. Postmistress Stephanie Reilly behind her counter with some bingo tickets

“We have a laugh,” said the 38-year-old, from Newbottle. “It’s a bit of fun for everybody involved.”

Regulars gather for their weekly fix in the post office’s restaurant, The Bistro.

Gloria Patton said that the new addition to her local post office was going down very well.

“We are old faithfuls now,” added the 74-year-old. “It’s a great way to spend an afternoon.”

One of the bingo sessions at Hetton Post Office and cafe. Echo reporter Hannah Watson takes part in the game.

One of the bingo sessions at Hetton Post Office and cafe. Echo reporter Hannah Watson takes part in the game.

Gloria said Stephanie is doing a brilliant job breathing new life into the post office.

“She’s really trying to make a difference around here, and she is looking after the old age pensioners.”

Stephanie only took over the Front Street business recently, but has set about smartening the place up and thinking up new ways to drum up trade and give something back to the community.

“I’ve had people come into the shop saying the work we have done is great,” she said.

“The people who come into the post office seem to really love it”

Hetton resident Margaret Young, 81, said the bingo has been a big success among her friends.

“I love it, I really enjoy the afternoon. We’re all friends here. It’s nice to come down and do it together.”

Mavis Scott, from Hetton, is another regular.

“We all know each other and we all get on well,” said the 70-year-old. “It’s nice to come along here on a Wednesday for our new bingo game. It’s a really nice thing for our post office.”

Prizes up for grabs included a cup of tea and a cake in The Bistro, with the main prize being a box of Thorntons chocolates – which Gloria won.

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