CHRISTCHURCH post office reopened after being closed for almost two months.

The branch in Saxon Square, which only launched at the start of this year, had not been open since June 19.

The "temporary closure" coincided with the doors remaining locked at two other post offices in the conurbation.

Despite residents' fears the service would never return to the town centre, Christchurch post office reopened on Friday.

A Post Office spokesperson confirmed a new temporary postmaster was in place.

"We are pleased to announce that we have been able to restore a Post Office in central Christchurch, which had been temporarily closed due to operational reasons," a spokesperson said.

"The branch reopened on August 17 at its previous location. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the temporary closure.”

Since the closure, former postmaster Hiren Modi had remained unavailable to comment when contacted by the Daily Echo.

Post Office bosses previously confirmed the closures of branches in Christchurch, Poole's Dolphin Shopping Centre and Bournemouth's West Hill Road were because of a "contractual matter".

The spokesperson added: “We understand and appreciate how much communities rely on our services.

"We would like to reassure customers that the decision to suspend services at any of our branches is never taken lightly, and we will only do when it is warranted. We are pleased that we have been able to restore service in Christchurch.”