An old woman has finally retired from her job of delivering morning papers which she has been doing for as many as 41 years.
A very old English woman identified as Olive Norris, has ended her paper round after long 41 years.
According to a report by Metro UK, at the age of 88, Olive Norris, MBE, better known as Betty, is finally hanging up her bag.
Ms Norris has delivered morning papers six days a week in her beloved village for the last four decades, but after clocking up well over 100,000 miles on her bike and in her car in all weathers she has decided to call it a day.
Betty, of Thompson, near Watton, Norfolk, told the Eastern Daily Press: ‘I’ve always just enjoyed doing it.
And really I loved to see how the village was each morning.’ Mrs Norris started delivering papers on her the nine-mile rural round back in 1976, leaving her house without fail just after 6am.
It all started when she used to drive her daughter Teresa around on her 90-minute paper circuit. When Teresa left for college, Betty picked up the baton.
On the morning her husband Archibald died, neighbours found their news on the doormat only half an hour later than usual. Betty has only ever taken time off when she had to go to hospital to have new hips fitted.
Her grand-daughters Lara Blake, now 27, and her sister Amie, now 24, briefly jumped in to the hot seat for two weeks.
Betty will complete her last ever round on Saturday, December 30, still delivers to over 30 houses for free and only claims petrol money. Betty and her late husband Archibald ran the village shop in Thompson in the 1960s before they built and opened a store in nearby Watton.
It was when they retired from the shop, now the Aerolite Garage, that Mrs Norris took on her daughter’s round in Thompson.
She was thrilled to be awarded the MBE in 2000 for her incredible service to her home village as she became a local celebrity.
On top of being village hall committee secretary over 60 years, non-stop Betty was also chairman of the school governors as well as being made a Freemason.