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Seamus McSporran
"I never had time for hobbies before, and I don't know what I am going to do now I am retired"
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Monday, 10 April, 2000, 08:02 GMT 09:02 UK
Retirement 14 times over ... for one man
gigha view
Gigha has only about 100 inhabitants
A man - who could perhaps be described as Britain's hardest worker - has announced his plan to retire from his 14 jobs.

Seamus McSporran is a policeman, fireman, postmaster, pier master, shopkeeper, ambulance, school bus and taxi driver, petrol pump attendant, registrar of births, marriages and deaths, insurance agent, rent collector, undertaker and bed and breakfast operator.

Now the 62-year-old, who performs the numerous roles on the tiny Scottish island of Gigha, has announced his decision to retire early.

Mr McSporran fulfills almost every function on the island, but has decided to call it a day, after he started his first jobs as postmaster and shopkeeper in 1965.

'Very special place'

"It is time to make way for a younger man - or men," said Mr McSporran.

"Gigha is a very special place and for the right person it is the right job, or as many jobs as they can take on."

The tiny island, just off the coast of the Mull of Kintyre has a population of 100, but there will now be 14 vacancies at the nearest job centre, which is at least four hours away.

Applicants should not expect too much stress, however.

Crime is virtually unknown, there are only very occasional chimney fires and at around 10 miles in length, taxi, ambulance and bus drivers on the island do not face much in the way of congestion or long journeys.

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