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Friday, 29 September, 2000, 05:55 GMT 06:55 UK
Man of many jobs retires
Gigha ferry
Only about people 100 live on the island
A man described as one of Britain's busiest people has begun to shut up shop.

Sub-postmaster Seamus McSporran, 62, who has been responsible for as many as 14 jobs on the tiny Scottish island of Gigha, has been serving his last customers.

Mr McSporran is planning to retire to Ardrishaig, near Lochgilphead, with his wife Margaret but will keep going for another three months as postman.

Gigha church
Mr McSporran has lived on the island all of his life
The jack-of-all-trades will be replaced on the 10-mile-long island, near the Kintyre Peninsula, by Andy Oliver, from Durham.

Mr McSporran has been 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.

He acquired the roles after taking up the jobs of postmaster and shopkeeper in 1965 and claims never to have had a holiday.

However, earlier this year he announced that he wanted to call it a day and was looking for a replacement.

He said: "It's been a privilege to live and work on the island.

"The changes have been tremendous over the years.

"Computerisation is also coming and you can't do without it.

Community service

"I'm disappointed I won't be having a crack at it.

"We'll miss lots of things. It's quite an upheaval in your life - and for our customers, friends and relatives on the island."

Mr Oliver, who is taking over from Mr McSporran, is moving to the island with his wife Viv and their two dogs.

He said: "The post office and the shop are central to the community on the island and we're really looking forward to the challenge."

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