The door has closed on 60 years of dedication to the postal service in Markinch with the retirement of its long-standing post master.
Residents, community groups and politicians have wished Steve Whelan a happy retirement as service at the town’s Betson Street post office was conducted for the final time.
Originally a chef, Steve decided to make a career change and join his mother-in-law, Dorothy Scott, as a clerk in 1979. where he has remained ever since.
She had owned and run the Post Office with her husband George since 1968.
“Steve and his family have been wonderful servants to the community for almost 60 years and I know that there are many generations in the town that will be sad to see the historic building close and will wish to pass on their regards to Steve, after his personal service of more than 30 years,” said Peter Grant, MP for Glenrothes and Central Fife.
Steve’s dedication was recognised in 2014 when he was named Markinch Citizen of the Year.
Markinch will now be without a post office for a short period of time until the renovations are completed at the Good News Store on Balbirnie Street.