Help­ful hero

The Arran Banner - - Letters -

Sir, An enor­mous thank you to the guy who works at the Whit­ing Bay hard­ware store. At 4pm last Fri­day, I was get­ting into my car when the ig­ni­tion keys slipped from my grasp and fell into a drain.

To my hor­ror, the drain was sealed in the tar­mac and all I could see be­neath the bars of the cul­vert was a well of dark and im­pen­e­tra­ble wa­ter. As an English woman of mid­dle years, hol­i­day­ing on Ar­ran and there­fore a ‘stranger in a for­eign land’, I feared the worst: stranded, car-less and just as the work­ing week was com­ing to an end.

In des­per­a­tion, I went to the hard­ware store in Whit­ing Bay. There I met a chap with a plaited grey beard. With­out hes­i­ta­tion, he un­packed a tele­scopic mag­net and pa­tiently dredged and probed the inky black­ness.

Af­ter a lit­tle while the tool was re­tracted with my keys firmly at­tached. I was so re­lieved! My hero was self-ef­fac­ing and firmly re­jected any re­ward. He was a proper gent and up­held the true tra­di­tion of Ar­ran’s oblig­ing and help­ful na­ture.

Yours, Jo Gro­gan, South Mil­ford, York.

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