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The loss of Arran’s local post service is to be lamented.
It is the end of an era and something that will be looked back on with nostalgia to a time when the world was simpler and letters would fly around the island with hardly even a proper address.
Of course times change and all things must progress. However we are struggling to find progress in a new system which seems to add time and effort into a process which appeared, on the face of it, to work pretty well.
It seems to us that even if just some of the letters which were to stay on the island remained, and were processed on the island, there would be less work for everyone.
And to end the local service without even an attempt at consultation with the island resisdents smacks of a disregard for the will of the people.
Yes the importance and volume of letters has diminished over the years with new and more modern ways of communication, but online shopping has also given a big boost to parts of the Royal Mail service.
Arran residents certainly demand an explanation as to why Royal Mail have taken this sudden act and we hope that the community council can get some straight answers when they take the bosses to task.
The Brodick postmark, around for more than 200 years, has already gone now the Arran only postal service. Soon there will be no tradition left at all.