Farewell To The Swimmer & RAF Pilot Who Posted To “Hannah Miley, Gold Medallist”

The letter and the meeting: Hannah Miley and Ken McKay at Stonehaven [inset, a ragout from the Mearns Leader]

Come the day when Hannah Miley no longer wishes to zip up and down a pool as one of the world’s swiftest medley swimmers, there’ll be the more traditional treasury to treasure but alongside her Commonwealth crown for Scotland over 400m at a home Games in Glasgow in 2014 will be a rare gem of a letter there to remind the British all-rounder of the imact her career has had on others. Other achievers at that. The letter arrived inside an envelope addressed to “Hannah Miley, Gold medallist from Scotland”. God bless the Royal Mail’s posties. The letter had been sent by Ken McKay, husband of Eleanor Gordon, the Commonwealth champion who retained her crown in 1954 to set the pattern for Miley in 2014. Gordon passed away at 80 two weeks before Miley’s victory in Glasgow. Ken was reunited with her this week. He, too, had devoted much of his life to swimming. The river flows

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