End of an era at Whithorn Post Office

Eddie Richards at his retiral party
Eddie Richards at his retiral party

Last Thursday marked the end of an era in Whithorn, with the retirement of Eddie Richards as the Royal Burgh’s postmaster.

His retirement was marked on Wednesday by local shop owners and staff, as he leaves Whithorn Post Office after 30 years.

The Post Office is now moving to a branch of the local Costcutters’ shop in St John Street, Whithorn, on Thursday, but local business colleagues wished to mark Eddie’s contribution to local business life over the last three decades.

Gill Bailey, Chair of the Whithorn and District Business Association, said Eddie had always shown commitment to the town and its well-being, particularly the welfare of its older folk and those needing a bit of extra help.

A Whithorn Community Council spokesperson said: “Eddie Richards and his wife Anne have been institutions in Whithorn for three decades. Eddie is known for his quirky sense of humour and forthright mode of expression, but the tributes pouring in are testament to the fact - which we all knew - that he has Whithorn’s interests very much at heart and was always willing to find extra time to assist those struggling with paperwork and bureaucracy. They will be much missed in the town, which has had an independent Post Office in that building since the King’s Arms was the town’s posting house in the 19th Century.”

A Post Office spokesperson paid this tribute: “We want to congratulate Eddie on his outstanding service to Whithorn Post Office and the local community over the last 30 years. It’s a remarkable achievement.”