A Post Office spokesman said: “The provision of a Post Office service to our customers in the local community is important to us, and we will continue to work hard to restore services in the area as soon as possible. We would welcome any applications from potential retail partners interested in running a branch locally on our behalf. The vacancy is currently being advertised on our website runapostoffice.co.uk, and applications will be carefully considered.

“We are working hard to keep any period of closure to a minimum, and are investigating the options available which will enable us to reinstate a Post Office service to the local community. In exploring this, it is important that any future service is sustainable for the person operating the service, and for Post Office Limited. Any future changes to service provision would be handled in line with our Principles of Community Engagement. We will display posters in the branch to inform customers.

“We would like to apologise for the inconvenience the temporary closure may cause.”