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Castle Douglas postmaster named Dumfries and Galloway's High Street Hero

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Colin Wilson was recognised by the Scotland Loves Local scheme for his fantastic work helping the community during lockdown earlier this year

Castle Douglas postmaster Colin Wilson has been named Dumfries and Galloway’s High Street Hero.

He was recognised by the Scotland Loves Local scheme for his fantastic work helping the community during lockdown earlier this year.

Colin, who has run the post office on King Street for 26 years, worked in it single-handedly six days a week – even going in on his day off.

He said: “I’m honoured and very grateful that my efforts have been recognised.

“It’s a privilege to serve as postmaster to this remarkable wee town. To be able to keep families in touch with each other with cards and gifts through the post during the pandemic was really satisfying and allowing businesses to continue to trade with online orders through the postal system means our high street continues to prosper with no shop closures.”

The Scotland Loves Local campaign ran the High Street Heroes Awards to pay tribute to people across the country who had worked tirelessly to help people during lockdown.

More than 1,200 nominations were received with a champion named in each council area.

The nomination for Colin, originally from Lockerbie, stated: “When it was initially announced for the country to go into lockdown, post office services were identified as key worker business.

“In order to protect his staff, Colin instantly decided to work alone. His dedication to the community and customers was outstanding. Colin is a passionate family and community man, is involved in the community development forum, while participating in many local amateur performances.

“His first grandson was born in lockdown. He sacrificed having contact with him to ensure he was kept safe. He prides himself supporting projects close to his heart and does so with the warmest of nature.”

Meanwhile, Tim O’Sullivan, landlord of the Craigdarroch Inn at Moniaive received a highly commended award.

Judges were told: “Tim stepped up to help the community during lockdown. He started a food delivery service where, if you couldn’t afford to pay you just ‘binned the bill’. Costs were covered by community members who paid over the odds to allow this to continue.

“Tim delivered hundreds of meals to those who were self-isolating or unable to get out. He single-handedly helped feed many in need.

“Tim and his helpers delivered birthday meals complete with birthday cakes made by locals.

“He was able to alert the community as to those struggling so further help could be offered.

“In a small community, it is hard to estimate the impact of the deliveries that Tim and staff made. This community would not have survived the lockdown without his innovative ideas and kindness.

“He contacted a local butcher to provide a butchery service. He literally brought the supermarket to the community.”

The staff of Joe’s Store in Eastriggs, including brothers Joe, 16, and 15-year-old Ryan Martin, also received a highly commended award.

Their nomination stated: “The staff at Joe’s Store were on a mission to be as helpful as they could be to our community.

“Anyone could phone and place an order and have it delivered. They also ensured that our village did not run out of flour and pasta by having the foresight to buy large amounts and individually bag them for purchase.

“We couldn’t have coped without them and will always be grateful for their help during lockdown.

“Joe and Ryan tirelessly delivered essential items to anyone who needed help, all day every day from their family’s shop. In all weathers, they would ride their bikes around the village delivering - and still found time to do their school work. A credit to their family.”

Grocery shop owner Forsyth Galloway of Whithorn and District Community Resilience Group was also praised.

The retained firefighter was described by one resident as “the superman of Whithorn - delivers groceries and fights fires”.

Judges were told Forsyth, who helps run the family business G & C Galloway, provided an amazing service to those shielding and many others during lockdown, ensuring people got their groceries and gas delivered safely to their doors.

Another villager said Forsyth was “the fourth emergency service - always available to help and assist in any way”.
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