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Gloucester's Beryl Walker officially named the world's oldest newspaper deliverer by Guinness World Records

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 28, 2014

From left, Mayor Chris Chatterton, Mark McKinley from Guinness World Records, Beryl Walker and MP Richard Graham at the Guinness World Record presentation.

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For more than 35 years Beryl Walker has braved all weathers to ensure Citizen readers get their daily dose of local news in time for breakfast.

The 88-year-old may be on her third bicycle, but today she has officially become the oldest newspaper deliverer in the world.

Well known and popular around Gloucester, Beryl has been delivering the news six days a week from Keelings News and Stores in Westgate Street.

Adjudicators from the Guinness Book of World Records were frantically racing around this week to check the new record in time for a presentation on ITV Daybreak this morning.(Friday)

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The potential new record came to the programme’s attention after first appearing in The Citizen, and then The Daily Telegraph.

A surprised Beryl said it was just another day on the bike when she was given the news of her new world record.

“I finished my first round hours ago,” she said.

“It’s good they’ve done something at last, it’s taken them two years.

“It makes a change. I can’t wait for the rest of the family to see it.”

Neil Williams has been manager at Keelings News for the last seven years.

“You can set your watch by Beryl,” he said.

“She is so reliable, I’m not sure I cold get the same level of loyalty and reliability from a youngster. "Beryl is never late, but on the odd occasion she is like when she was presented with her award, I get customers ringing to check she is ok. Beryl is very popular, a real character.”

Her son David, 58, said it can be a worry seeing his mum disappear off around Gloucester on her bike in the early hours.

“We’re all very proud of her," he said.

“Mum goes out in all hours and in all weathers, nothing seems to bother her.

“She is on her third bike, the first was a 1940s model and her second one was stolen. This latest model has served her well.

“She used to even go out at night to deliver the evening edition of The Citizen but thankfully that doesn’t happen now.”

Mark McKinley, from the Guinness Book of World Records, said: “This record cam into out offices just two days ago.

“It has been a very fast paced process to get the record confirmed.

“People have been running around to get the evidence and I only found out about it on Thursday at 5pm.

“We needed copies of her passport to verify her age and numerous statements from people around the area and the newsagent.

“Beryl is fantastic, absolutely brilliant. Stories like her's is what makes the Guinness World Records so good.

“It is made up of so many different characters with so many different talents and abilities.”

The previous record holder was an 80-year-old woman, Beryl has beaten that record by eight years.

Gloucester MP Richard Graham said: “Beryl is a real treasure, someone we are all very proud off. She delivers my papers to the office every day. What she has achieved is brilliant.”

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  • honslknjklyt  |  March 28 2014, 9:10PM

    All she could do was moan about the fact that her campaign to get herself recognised took so long!

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  March 28 2014, 8:49PM

    Good on you Beryl being part of The Guinness World Records people.

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