Read woman retires from paper round after 20 years

Career in Newspapers: Jean Taylor is retiring from her newspaper round after 20 years delivering for Friendship News in Read. (s)
Career in Newspapers: Jean Taylor is retiring from her newspaper round after 20 years delivering for Friendship News in Read. (s)

What started out for one Read woman 20 years ago as a “good way to keep fit” ended up as a long career in delivering newspapers to her fellow villagers.

Jean Taylor (62), of Straits Lane, took up her post in 1992, working for Mr Parsons at the village shop, Friendship News.

She continued to deliver for the current owners, Mr and Mrs Pollard, after they took over the running of the shop in 1997.

Jean said: “For many years, I’ve worked shifts as a healthcare assistant at Edith Watson Maternity Unit in Burnley. The hours meant that I could never find exercise classes that fitted in with work, and so I thought the paper round would be a guaranteed way for me to exercise and also get paid for doing it!”

After recently going part-time at the hospital, Jean has also decided to finish her paper round in order to help out her grandson, who has recently taken over the village bakery.

She continued: “I’ve really enjoyed my round and have loved the quiet time to myself each morning. It’s been lovely to watch the seasons change and I have endured all weathers – snow and rain never bothered me, but I hated the icy mornings! I’ll miss it, but I’m really keen to support my grandson”