Gigha nurse hangs up her uniform

Flowers, cards and gifts were presented to Anne Shaw by Gigha children.
Flowers, cards and gifts were presented to Anne Shaw by Gigha children.

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Gigha’s long-serving nurse has donned her blue uniform, synonymous with the caring profession, for the final time.

Anne Shaw worked her final day as Gigha’s senior community nurse on July 29, after more than 22 years on the island.

The event was marked with an emotional piping tribute and a socially distanced gathering of islanders to pay tribute to Anne’s long and dedicated service.

Flowers, cards and gifts were presented by children Ella Park, Syd Vipurs, Matthew Sheriff, Brogan Bannatyne and Martha and Maisie Teale, with John Martin toasting Anne’s commitment to Gigha.

Anne Shaw's retirement surprise was an emotional event.
Anne Shaw’s retirement surprise was an emotional event.

Anne arrived on Gigha in 1999 to cover maternity leave and is first to say she is glad for the longest ‘pregnancy’ in history!

Although asking on her first day where the Marks & Spencer supermarket was, Anne simply ‘got’ Gigha and has been an active member of the community since.

Retirement has been well earned. After a nursing career spanning more than 49 years,  Anne, who is married to Tom, is looking forward to putting her feet up.

The islanders said: ‘Enjoy your retirement Anne. It’s well deserved.’