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Pensioner Ted Ingram still paper boy at 92
THE world’s oldest paperboy is still delivering the Echo at the age of 92.
Pensioner Ted Ingram has had a paper round in Winter-borne Monkton for 70 years.
He had to give up riding his bike for deliveries since he had his hip replaced but gets around the village using his Peugeot 106 instead.
Mr Ingram has been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records, published this week, as the oldest paperboy.
The great-grandfather has promised to keep delivering the Echo for as long as he can but admits enlisting the help of relatives along the way.
He said: “If you keep going you live longer.”
The tireless pensioner started the round in 1942 to supplement his income as a tractor driver working on the village’s Manor Farm.
He enjoyed seeing his friends and neighbours every day so much he has never stopped.
Mr Ingram added: “I’m only doing eight papers now for the village but I still enjoy my round.
“Everyone in the village knows who I am and I enjoy having a chat to them.”
The tireless pensioner even drives to Dorchester every Saturday to play bowls.
And even finding out he had diabetes in recent years it has not stopped him. He injects himself with insulin every day.
“The last thing I want to do is stop and watch television all day,” he said.
“I’ve got to keep going and if it weren’t for my hip I would be very fit.”
Mr Ingram was born in Broadwey in Weymouth and when he moved to Winterborne Monkton in 1938 all 13 houses were used by farm workers.
He has lived at three addresses along the same road.
Mr Ingram was 22 when he started the round which covered a much wider area.
His beloved wife Betty, who passed away 14 years ago, also worked at Manor Farm.
The couple had two children together and Mr Ingram now enjoys spending time with his four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He said he hopes to still be doing the round when he is 100.
His daughter Angela Matthews, 52, from Martinstown, said the whole family were proud of her father. She said: “It is just so good that he can still do it at 92.”