A new postmaster has been found to run the world’s oldest post office.
Dr Manzoor Alam will become only the 16th person to run Sanquhar Post Office in Dumfries and Galloway.
His appointment secures the future of the historic facility, which has been in continuous service since 1712.
The keen stamp collector and postal historian, who is expected to take up the position in the New Year, said he was proud to be preserving its heritage.
Sanquhar Post Office is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest post office in the world.
It started out as a staging post for mail carriages, with the old stables behind the branch thought to have once provided a resting place for horses drawing the mail carriages.