© Provided by The iGeorge says he may now keep doing his round into his 90s (Photo: Ciaran McCrickard/PA Wire)
One of Britain’s oldest paperboys has decided not to retire after being gifted an electric bike to help him on his route.
George Bailey, who distributes newspapers around the village of Headcorn in Kent, said he has been given a “new lease of life” with the e-bike.
The octagenarian first made headlines at the end of January and had been considering giving up the 2.5-mile round.
However, he has postponed hanging up his bag after British cycling companies Raleigh and Evans Cycles offered him a new Raleigh Motus Crossbar E-Bike, which will give him up to 250 per cent of his pedal power, and speeds of up to 15.5mph.
Mr Bailey said he was “thrilled” to receive the new bike.
He said: “After celebrating my 80th birthday I was seriously considering whether it was time to now ‘hang up my boots’ and retire from the paper round.
“Knowing I can now continue doing what I love, with a little help from modern technology, is fantastic, especially on a Raleigh, a brand I’ve always admired growing up.© Provided by The iThe Raleigh Motus Crossbar E-Bike will give George up to 250% of his pedal power, and speeds of up to 15.5mph.(Photo: Ciaran McCrickard/PA Wire)
“I might even still be doing this when I’m 90.”
Previously the trip was taking him around an hour a day and saw him getting up around 6am.
David Greenwood, from Evans Cycles, said: “Modern e-bikes open up so many new opportunities for people of all ages.
“Offering a little electrical assistance when needed, they increase enjoyment and ultimately encourage riders to ride more often.
“We recognised what the daily routine of riding meant to George and so were more than happy to help him continue to enjoy the ride.”
Michelle Jakeway, from Raleigh, added: “When we heard George’s story, we felt compelled to give him a little boost.”© Provided by The iGeorge’s round is a 2.5 mile loop around the village of Headcorn in Kent (Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)
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.
Last month he celebrated his 80th birthday, an occasion made more special by getting the coronavirus jab just days before.