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Last post for long-serving family
Stockinish Post Office
Stockinish Post Office on Harris
An island post office run by the same family for 110 years has been handed over to the charge of new sub-postmistress.

Effie and John Mackinnon have retired, making them the last generation of Mackinnons behind the counter of Stockinish Post Office on Harris.

The family has run the branch in the Western Isles since 1896.

New sub-postmistress Suzanne Hill will continue to work from the exiting post office for now.

However, there is a plan to transfer the business to a building next door.

Mrs Mackinnon, 74, has been sub-postmistress at Stockinish since 1971, running the office along with her 83-year-old husband.

The post office has been in our family for 110 years and it has been a great pleasure and privilege to serve the Stockinish community
Effie Mackinnon

He is a former postman with more than 50 years' service to Royal Mail and Post Office Ltd.

His grandfather John Mackinnon was the first sub-postmaster of Stockinish in 1896, and he passed it on to his son Angus in 1940.

It was then passed to his son John, and his wife Effie, in 1971.

Mrs Mackinnon said it had been an honour to the family to have run the branch for so long.

She said: "The post office has been in our family for 110 years and it has been a great pleasure and privilege to serve the Stockinish community.

"We are delighted that the post office is being passed into such capable hands for the future."

'Absolutely remarkable'

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Morrison paid tribute to the years of service by the Mackinnons.

He said: "The service that Effie and John Mackinnon, and generations of their family before them, have provided to the people of Stockinish through the post office is absolutely remarkable.

"I would like to wish them a happy retirement and to thank them on behalf of all the community.

"I would also like to wish Suzanne Hill every success in running the Stockinish post office branch in the future."


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