Cheadle gran could be country's oldest paper girl
AT the age of 85, Maud Thompson could well be the oldest newspaper delivery girl in the country.
For the last 12 years, she has been out every day, rain or shine, to deliver The Sentinel to households in Cheadle.
And the grandmother has no plans of stopping any day soon.
Maud first started delivering newspapers alongside her grand-daughter Kirsty Bettany following the death of her husband of 55 years, Raymond.
Looking for something to take her mind off her loss, Maud, of Patch Meadow Road, decided to join Kirsty on her paper round.
As the couple had booked a holiday to Rhodes, in Greece, before Raymond's death, Kirsty pledged to earn enough money to go with her grandmother herself.
At 11am each morning, Maud, who retired aged 60, from her job at an electrical company, in Blythe Bridge, picks up newspapers from Macy's, in Cheadle High Street. She then spends an hour delivering them around the Brookhouse area of the town.
She said: "I enjoy doing it. All of my customers are classed as friends. I meet a lot of people walking around, which makes it such a nice job.
"Sometimes my family joke and say 'it's time for you to retire' but they say if I am happy then I should keep doing it.
"As long as my feet still carry me I will deliver the papers. I think I am very lucky for my age."
The 25-year-old, who lives on New Road, in Tean, said: "She came and helped me when I was in school, and sometimes she had delivered the papers before I got home but she still let me have the money."
Then, when Kirsty got a full-time job at the Alton Towers Hotel, Maud took over the paper round and hasn't stopped since.
Kirsty, who works in a care home, added: "I don't think she will stop. She enjoys it too much and sees people when she is out. She's well known.
"She delivers in all weathers, during the awful snow in January in her wellies and even though her trolley keeps falling apart."
Grandson Neil Thompson, aged 38, who has lived in Benidorm, Spain, for the past nine years is impressed with his grandmother's attitude and energy.
He said: "My uncle had a heart attack 18 months ago and he had to take his blood pressure every day so we took everyone else's.
"Out of all us nan's was the lowest, so she obviously is the fittest, which I guess is due to her walking every morning.
"She is brilliant. She never stops and is on the go all of the time, always doing things for friends and family, cooking lovely meals."