A new team has reopened Slough's Stoke Poges Lane Post Office - but the man who ran it for 42 years was not forgotten when Slough MP Tan Dhesi visited on Friday.

The new owners are postmaster Gurcharan Singh and his cousin Gurjinder Singh - experienced retailers with convenience and off-licence stores in West London.

But former postmaster Vinod Patel was a welcome guest at the reopening and plans to help out from time to time. His wife Chandrika and brother-in-law Dilip who have both worked at the store accompanied him

His successor Mr Singh said: "We have immensely lucky having former Mr Patel sharing his 42 years’ knowledge of running the business with us, this has helped us to understand this new community that we have moved to and their needs."

MP Mr Dhesi praised Gurcharan and Gurjinder Singh, saying: "They have done a fantastic job modernising the store. The impressive new opening hours of the Post Office, which is now open seven days a week from early until late will make it much easier for people to visit.”

The shop was closed for a month for the full re-fit of the premises. There is now an off-licence section and European foods as well as everyday groceries.

A new-style Post Office counters has been installed alongside the retail till allowing the Post Office to be open Monday to Sunday 7am to 11pm.

Postmaster Gurcharan Singh, said: “Customers come in and they can’t believe all the changes that we have made in such a short time. They are gobsmacked. There has been a full re-fit of the shop and Post Office and lots of changes to the retail stock, based on what has worked well in our other shops.

“Many people in the area work shifts or get home from work late, so they are delighted that they visit their Post Office in the early morning, the evening or throughout the weekend. There is lots of free parking as well, so it is a very convenient shop to visit.”