Paperboy George still devoted to his round after celebrating 80th birthday and receiving Covid vaccine

Abbianca Makoni
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<p>Mr Bailey’s varied life has seen him work as a stockbroker, at manufacturer Unigate for nearly 10 years and on a local golf course.</p> (PA)

Mr Bailey’s varied life has seen him work as a stockbroker, at manufacturer Unigate for nearly 10 years and on a local golf course.

(PA)

One of Britain’s oldest paperboys turned 80 over the weekend but he has not let lockdown nor advancing years get in the way of bringing news to his community.

George Bailey, who also celebrated receiving his first coronavirus vaccine dose recently, was back out on his bike on Tuesday despite the winter morning.

Temperatures across the country have dropped as low as -10C in the past few days as the flooding and heavy rain of Storm Christoph gave way to colder winter weather.

The octogenarian woke up with night still shrouding his village in Kent and headed out, as he does each day, to collect the papers.

“I keep saying every Christmas I’m going to pack it in,” he told the PA news agency.

But as each year rolls around the great-grandfather keeps on cycling round the village of Headcorn distributing the various national and local newspapers.

George Bailey, of Headcorn near Maidstone in Kent, one of the oldest paperboys in the country, returns to work after celebrating his birthday.PA
George Bailey, of Headcorn near Maidstone in Kent, one of the oldest paperboys in the country, returns to work after celebrating his birthday.PA

The shop he delivers for, Oldfields newsagents on High Street, finds it hard to recruit paperboys nowadays so Mr Bailey continues his daily round as he has for the last decade.

The two-and-a-half mile trip he does every day takes him about an hour and sees him get up around 6am.

“I enjoy the summer when you can wear shorts.

“If it’s raining you get absolutely swamped with water.

“I didn’t enjoy the last few days when I had to to come home and change my clothes.”

The two-and-a-half mile trip he does every day takes him about an hour and sees him get up around 6am.PA
The two-and-a-half mile trip he does every day takes him about an hour and sees him get up around 6am.PA

When he was 11 years old Mr Bailey picked up a paper round like many other boys his age.

But his return to the route as a pensioner puts him in rarefied company as certainly one of the oldest paperboys in the country.

Mr Bailey’s varied life has seen him work as a stockbroker, at manufacturer Unigate for nearly 10 years and on a local golf course.

On Sunday he celebrated his 80th birthday, an occasion made more special by getting the coronavirus jab just days before.