Wednesday, February 17, 2010

  Longest-serving paper boy - world record set by Ted Ingram

  WINTERBORNE MONKTON, England -- Ted Ingram, 90, has delivered papers as an income-supplementing hobby for 68 years and setting the new world record for the Longest-serving paper boy.

 Photo:Ted Ingram has been doing his paper round for 68 years/BNPS photo. (enlarge photo)

   Ted said: "I love my daily round. I don't make any money out of it now, I do it for the village and because I enjoy it and it keeps me fit. "I can't believe I am a record holder at my age, but I don't feel any different, and if my health lets me I will go on until I am 100."

 Ted Ingram, 90, of Winterborne Monkton, near Dorchester, England, is the world's longest-serving paper boy, after having delivered papers since 1942 and only taking two vacations and one leave due to a back injury.

 The 90-year-old moved to the village in 1938 and worked as a tractor driver on a farm.

Ted took up the part-time job in 1942 during World War II to top up his income but enjoyed delivering papers so much that he never gave it up.

  The world's longest-serving paper boy said: "When I first started the wages at the farm weren't very good so I thought I would do the paper round to boost up my money.

   "Back in those days there were 26 houses to deliver to and it took me next to no time and I would enjoy doing the round because you meet people and have a bit of a chit chat.
During his career pounding the pavements spanning seven decades the pensioner has dropped more than 500,000 papers through local letterboxes.

   Incredibly, there have only been TWO DAYS when his customers didn't receive their papers with their morning milk.
   And that was when bad snow storms prevented the copies from getting to him.

    Ted, the the world's longest-serving paper boy, has only ever had two holidays both in the 1960s when he took his family to Butlins and got a neighbour to look after his paper round for him.

And even when Ted broke his back in the 1950s he arranged for his late wife Betty to deliver the papers in their village while he was laid up.

    "I prefer to cycle as when I was younger we used to cycle everywhere especially in to the town to chase the ladies!"

 But just recently Ted has had to swap his trusty push bike for his Peugeot 106 car while he recovers from a hip replacement operation. He said: "I'll be using my car until I can get on my bike again. "I am currently delivering to ten houses six days a week, it can take me 20 minutes to do the round. I like to stop and chat to the neighbours."

   Ted met wife Betty while they both worked at the farm but she passed away 12 years ago. Ted has two children, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
    He said: "I feel I'm lucky. Keeping so busy has kept me well. If you stop and watch TV all day you will go down hill."

Ted still has two jobs in his 'retirement' as he also mows the lawns of the houses and caravan parks near the village. He lost his 'lady friend' Ethel Samways when she died last year and said: "I'm looking for another one now."

 The previous Guinness world record for the Longest-serving paper boy was held by Darlyne Markus of Idaho. She started in 1958 at the age of 29 and continued to do so until November 21, 2008, when she reached the age of 79, a period of 50 years and 173 days.

Mr Ingram, who turned 90 on Valentine's Day, added: "I hope I can carry on the round when I'm 100, I have no plans to give it up."
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