Colon­say is­lan­ders say thanks to long-serv­ing postie Keith

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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