Memories of Shannochie Post Office

James and Mary Hamilton pictured outside Shannochie Post Office in its heyday.

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‘I read with utter joy your article regarding Shannochie Post Office in the Arran Banner as I was devastated in March when the announcement was made regarding its demolition.

‘Shannochie PO was my dad’s family home and his sister ran the business after my granny retired. My grandparents, James and Mary Hamilton, ran the shop, PO and a small holding with a cousin living next door.

‘Shannochie was the very hub of the community, with customers from the shop being sent in to have tea and cakes – and very often a meal – with my granny who was known as Auntie Mary by locals and visitors alike.

‘Due to a technicality, Shannochie reverted to a family friend and so the place was lost to my cousin in the USA and myself.

‘I was filled with horror when I saw the planning application. I could just see yet another holiday home, over sized, over priced, and balconies everywhere, that seem to be our new island look.

‘The actual thatched post office was never converted to a house. It was attached to the family home, which had been extended many years before. The cottage adjoining the PO, lived in by another aunt, was also thatched.

‘I cannot thank the Civic Trust and anyone else who, hopefully, will have managed to save such a huge part of Arran’s history.

‘What is the point of having a heritage museum when our past is systematically being bulldozed to make room for homes few locals can afford?

‘P.S. My maternal grandparents John and Martha Picken lived in Rosebank in Shannochie and Lavencorrach.’