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According to a news story published today on The Publican website, landlady Kim Filby has teamed up with her postmaster hubby, David, who has now begun trading as a Sub Post Office in the Broadway Inn pub in Totland, Isle of Wight.

55 year old David was in charge of Totland’s post office but all the services have now been moved to the Braodway Inn. The Publican quotes Kim as saying; "It is great that we have managed to combine our two businesses into one, but we both know our roles - David is very much the boss in the Post Office and he knows I’m the boss lady in the pub."

A number of rural pubs have diversified their services in order to survive the decline in business during the recession which has seen around 35 pubs a week closing for good so far this year. Pub landlords have told me that the dramatic fall off in business actually began with the introduction of the smoking ban but has since been worsened by the poor economy.

In UK small towns and village - where Post Offices and pubs are seemingly under constant threat of closure despite being the focal points of the local community - it would appear logical to combine premises and costs to remain viable.

Perhaps the Royal Mail saw the writing on the wall when they issued a set of stamps commemorating Pub Signs back in 2003.



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