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Carradale village has rallied round to safeguard its post office and shop as long serving postmaster James Semple retires after 55 years in the role.
The newly named Carradale Community Shop and Post Office has been fully refurbished and will be run by paid manager Tracy Muscroft, alongside volunteers.
James’ daughter-in-law Mary Semple has run Carradale Post Office for the past 25 years and will continue as primary post office counter assistant to help at the branch until more people are post office trained.
Carradale Community Trust (CCT) was formed in 2016 and when another shop in the village closed it set out to provide a premises to meet the grocery needs of the community.
Knowing that James also wanted to retire the trust set up a temporary shop beside the village hall, run by volunteers, whilst it worked towards a permanent solution.
The permanent new shop, which is more than double the size of the temporary shop, opened on June 8 following two years of fundraising and last Monday the trust also took over the running of the post office.
CCT treasurer Malcolm Trott said: ‘The Semple family have been very loyal and provided a vital post office service for an impressive 55 years.
‘We thank James and Mary for their commitment to Carradale. We are delighted to have achieved our goal of providing a village shop offering a wide range of goods and maintained a post office all under one roof.’
Christine Boyle, Post Office Ltd area manager, said: ‘James Semple has been a postmaster for an incredible number of years.
‘He is one of our longest-serving postmasters and we wish him a well-earned retirement.
‘We also sincerely thank Mary Semple for running the branch serving the community for the past 25 years for the residents and tourists and we really appreciate her staying on until more people are post office trained.’
Various grant applications by CCT allowed a full refit of the shop and for the paid manager to be employed alongside volunteers.
The shop project was funded with grants from Scottish Land Fund, East Kintyre Windfarm Trust, MOWI Salmon Farm and the Robertson Trust.