Colonsay islanders say thanks to long-serving postie Keith
COLONSAY and Oronsay’s ‘ beloved’ sub-postmaster Keith Rutherford is semi-retiring from his island deliveries after 40 years of service.
The 70-year- old’s journey featured a ‘daily aquaplane’ over the Strand to the tidal island of Oronsay, and often involved ‘24 shifts’ when he also ran Colonsay’s only shop and petrol station.
Islanders thanked Keith at a recent meeting of the Colonsay Community Development Company, and all queued up to sign their support for his nomination for an MBE.
The children of Kilchattan Primary School (all of them - Eve and Ella, Gergu, Rosie and Felix, Izzy, not forgetting Jamie) sang a song they had written for Keith, with a little help from virtuoso Stirling University-bound Cholasach music teacher Caitlin McNeill.
The Colonsay community’s tribute to Keith continued when Councillor Robin Currie, who had sailed over from Islay for the occasion, read the early day motion tabled in the House of Commons by Colonsay’s MP Brendan O’Hara, honouring ‘his outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of the island and its people’.
Much to locals’ relief, Keith is only semi-retiring, and will remain the face of the Royal Mail, manning the desk at the Scalasaig Post Office.
Councillor Robin Currie thanked Colonsay and Oronsay postie Keith Rutherford after he retired from decades of deliveries.