80-year-old paperboy postpones retirement after switching to an e-bike

George Bailey says his new ride could keep him going until he's 90

(Ciaran McCrickard/PA Wire)

(Image credit: Ciaran McCrickard)

80-year-old paperboy George Bailey has postponed his retirement after acquiring an e-bike, saying his new ride could potentially keep him going until he's 90.

Likely to be the UK's oldest paperboy, Bailey has been delivering papers in Headcorn, Kent, for the best part of 50 years, through all weather and during the coronavirus pandemic, even on his recent 80th birthday, which was also the day he received his Covid-19 vaccination.

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