Last post in Dysart for postmaster Grant

Grant Mackie receives vouchers from Eunice Cameron, secretary of Dysart Community Council. Pic: FPA

Grant Mackie receives vouchers from Eunice Cameron, secretary of Dysart Community Council. Pic: FPA

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Long-serving Dysart postmaster Grant Mackie has more than paid his stamp duties after 32 years at the helm of the village post office.

Mr Mackie is set to hang up his post bag and stamp himself a well-earned rest when he retires next week.

The popular postmaster has been an essential part of Dysart life for so long that anyone under 35 will not remember a time before he took up his post.

After leaving school Mr Mackie worked for a few years in Haigs in Markinch when he made friends with a local postmaster. The idea took root and, when Dysart became available, he jumped at the opportunity.

Speaking fondly of the Dysart folk, he recalled one person during the 1970s who took out insurance for her foreign holiday. Upon her return he asked her how it went. “Great”, she replied, “I didnae use the insurance so I’m away to phone to get it back!”

Another elderly gent came in for a TV licence. “Black and white or colour?” asked Grant. “Well, it’s a colour set, but I could turn the colour aff and save a few pounds, eh?”

Over the years Mr Mackie has seen many changes. At the beginning he had to be careful not to give customers a £20 note in their pension, as no shops in Dysart would give them change. But now all is electronic and Grant has welcomed the ease of email and internet access for the Post Office and his customers.

He will be starting his new post as childminder to his 2 and 3/4 grandkids next week.

He said: “It’s been tremendous. I have enjoyed the variety of customers, all who have been loyal and used the shop regularly. Without the support of Dysart folk we would not have been able to stay open so long.”

Mr Mackie was presented with vouchers for Giovanni’s restaurant in Kirkcaldy from Dysart Community Council.