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Is This Barnsley's Oldest Paper Boy?

Tuesday April 16 2013


Harry Goodall Harry Goodall


COULD this be Barnsley's oldest paper boy?

Harry Goodall, 92, makes a mile-round trip to his local newsagents every day to pick up a paper for himself and his two friends.

Harry, from Royston, says he carries out the errand come rain or shine.

Even the recent cold snap hasn't stopped him from stretching his legs.

He's up at 6am, at the shop by 7am and stops of for a chat with his pals, who he calls 'the old men' but are both younger than him and in their 80s.

"I've been doing it for two or three years now," Harry said. "It keeps me fit."

Harry says he's been fit all his life and daughter Avril, 59, agreed.

"I've never known anybody like him for his age, he's amazing," she said.

Avril said he even used to jump on his pushbike cycling from Royston to Leeds, where he held a job as a foundry worker.

But despite his former cycling prowess Harry says he'll be giving the Tour De France a miss when it comes to Yorkshire.

"I'd put my money on him, he's as fit as a greyhound," Avril added.

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Reply Posted by Nick on Tuesday April 16 2013 at 15:05
Good on you Harry! Cycling is the best exercise you can do. It's definitely a tough man's sport!

Reply Posted by lorraine on Sunday April 21 2013 at 13:54
you dont look 92 harry, there's some good genetics there. What a kind man too,nice to read this

Reply Posted by John Macfarlane on Monday April 22 2013 at 08:55
I remember Harry when I worked at Shaw Carpet's. He alway's had a paper in his hand then, it was to pick his horse's out. That's why me and my mate Alan Pettit called him Tom Pepper.
Good luck Harry !!!

Reply Posted by Avril Goodall on Tuesday September 23 2014 at 02:46
My dad celebrated his 94th birthday with his family on 22nd September 2014, and YES he still delivers papers to his mates!!

Reply Posted by Avril Goodall on Friday January 6 2017 at 20:55
I just noticed his name's wrong, it's Harry Weighell, not Goodall.

Today we buried Dad, who died on 16th December. He was in hospital for his 96th birthday and fought for his life right up to the very end, and he will be remembered with love and laughter.