Anne MacCormick retires

31st January 2004

Lismore hall was as packed as anyone had ever seen it when well wishers from the island and beyond gathered for a Ceilidh and dance to celebrate Anne MacCormick’s 13 years delivering the Royal Mail. Speaker after speaker spoke (to loud applause) of her unwavering cheerfulness, of how she got things done, that nothing was ever too much trouble, and that nothing fazed her: not weather, slavering dogs, endless gates or doubtful bulls.

David Wilson – the shopkeeper and postmaster – hosted the Ceilidh which started with the school children borrowing the tune and singing "Postie Anne in her very bright van", and then presenting her with a poem. The High School boys unrolled very long scrolls and recited impressive lists of all Anne had fitted into every week outwith her mail duties, Ross MacPherson and Calum MacPhail provided toe tapping dance music, Moira Thompson from Appin sang two lovely solo songs, and Lamont MacGillvray with Douglas and Lorn MacDougall played the fiddle and accordion.

After the toast Lismore’s oldest resident – Isabella Buchanan – presented Anne with an engraved wooden box containing jewellery and various other gifts, and Kara Willis – the youngest school girl – gave her flowers. Anne in reply said she couldn’t have wished for a better job and had loved every minute of it. She thanked everyone especially her various colleagues, her relief Alison MacLean and her family for their support.

All the best Anne – you’ll be a hard act to follow.

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