The people of Hillhouse gathered to say farewell to a much-loved community stalwart at his recent retirement.
William Harrison has been incredibly popular with locals, but has now decided to step back from McColl’s where he has worked for more than 14 years.
The 67-year-old has done it all when it comes to being there for his community, even featuring as Santa and the Easter Bunny for children on many occasions.
He first appeared behind the counter in 2006 and has welcomed locals with a smile and a blether ever since.
And needless to say, he will be hugely missed at the shop by the Hillhouse community.
William also works with the Link Housing Association programme, where he helps to organise events.
He also volunteers every Tuesday night at his local Save the Children group, who gather to get provisions together for disadvantaged kids in Africa.
Before working in McColl’s, William served in the Armed Forces for 35 years in the Parachute Regiment. He moved to Hillhouse 17 years ago.
But it was a bittersweet occasion for William as he left the counter for the last time.
He joked: “It’s been a great working career and I’m a man of leisure now.
“My plan was always to retire on my birthday so I can enjoy that now.
“It was a bit sad. I’ve worked there a long time so seeing everybody was great. I will miss seeing them every day.
“It was also a happy day and I was overwhelmed seeing everybody’s smiling faces. They made my day.”
A brilliant turnout greeted William in the street for his socially-distanced send-off when he received gifts, cards and well wishes.
Now, William looks forward to spending more time with his family – as well as continuing his support for the community.
He added: “I’m hoping to buy a caravan to treat my wife and brother-in-law with weekends down at Largs or Ayr, that’s my plan. And still to work in the community.
“I’ve learned a lot from the company and everyone around me and I thank everyone who’s been there.”