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Dorset man claims to be world's oldest paperboy

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Ted Ingram claims to have delivered more than 500,000 papers over the past 68 years

A 90-year-old Dorset man is hoping to enter the record books as the world's oldest and longest serving paperboy after starting his round in 1942.

Ted Ingram claims to have delivered more than 500,000 papers on his round in Winterborne Monkton, near Dorchester, over the last 68 years.

He said he has only twice cancelled his deliveries - both times when snow prevented the papers getting to him.

Guinness World Records said it would contact Mr Ingram to verify his claim.

The current record for the longest held paper round is held by Darlyne Markus, from Idaho in the US.

Tractor driver

She started her round in 1958 at the age of 29 and continued to do so until 21 November, 2008, when she reached the age of 79, a period of 50 years and 173 days.

Guinness, which said there was no record of the oldest paperboy, said it would contact Mr Ingram to verify his claim.

Mr Ingram said: "I just do it for the village, I love doing the round.


I hope I can carry on the round when I'm 100, I have no plans to give it up

Ted Ingram

"I don't make any money out of it, in fact after a hip replacement I need to use a car which costs me more than the £1.20 per day I make."

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

But he decide to boost his income by taking up a paper round aged 22.

"I must have delivered over half a million papers in that time, it is quite incredible.

"I used to deliver about 25 papers six-days-a-week but that has now dropped to nine or 10 which makes it a bit easier on me," he said.

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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