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Here is the news... hand-delivered by Lyndon since 1972
Buy this photo » Lyndon Maisey pictured outside the Worcester News offices in Hylton Road. 32108301
A WORCESTER man has been delivering your Worcester News for 40 years this year after taking over the “family business”.
Lyndon Maisey, from Dines Green, has been delivering the paper since joining his father, Ernie Jr, on the same round every day after school.
His grandfather, Ernie Sr, first started the round in 1930, delivering in the Aboretum, Barbourne, Rainbow Hill and Lowesmoor areas. He worked for 68 years before Ernie Jr took over.
Lyndon’s father did the round for 53 years and he started helping him in 1972, when he would meet his father from school at 4.30pm, before taking over the round permanently in 1989. All three men were Worcester born and bred.
Lyndon’s father died 23 years ago, 12 months after his own father, Ernie Sr.
He said: “People still remember them doing the round, they still talk about them.
“People used to know when my father was coming. He used to shout, ‘Final’. People used to be able to tell what time it was by that. They could always find him, wherever he was. I started from school on an ordinary bike with a shopping bag. I’ve been doing it non-stop since.
“Some of my customers still call me ‘Ern’ after my dad. I remember when the paper cost 3p and when it was the News and Times, then it went to the Evening News and then the Worcester News.
“There used to be three or four editions. One at lunchtime, one at 3pm and one at 4pm.”
Lyndon now picks up the papers from Berrows House in Hylton Road at 5am every morning and the round generally finishes at 9.30am or 10am.
He then uses the rest of the day to “catch up on a bit of sleep”.
Lyndon has delivered the papers in all weathers and has even had to deal with a few dog bites over the years, but said he loves meeting lots of different people. He said: “You meet all different kinds of people. I make sure I talk to them and even have a cup of tea with some of them.
“I’ve been bitten by a few dogs – the small ones are the worst, you can’t see them coming.”