One of Sark’s two postmen will be parking his bicycle for the last time soon after 33 years of delivering islanders’ mail. Richard Guilliard started working part time in 1982 with his father Don who served with Sark Post Office for 22 years. In 1988 father and son swapped roles with Richard taking on the full time job. His round includes the Avenue, the southern half of the main island and Little Sark and Richard has worked out that he has crossed the Coupée an amazing 17,260 times. In all those times there have only been a couple of occasions when extremely snowy conditions have stopped Richard getting to Little Sark. “Strong winds are the biggest problem,” he explained, “but I’ve worked out how to keep my bike really close to the hedge to stop us both being blown away!” Gary Hamon will take on the southern route from early August and we all thank Richard for his excellent service over the last 33 years and wish him all the best for his retirement.
Words and image by Sue Daly