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Editor hand-delivers copy of daily to reader celebrating 100th birthday

An editor celebrated the 100th birthday of one of his newspaper’s readers by hand-delivering a copy to him.

Mark Waldron paid the visit to Jack Dixon, “one of the oldest readers” of Portsmouth daily The News.

Mark decided to help Mr Dixon celebrate the milestone birthday after being contacted by his daughter Patricia.

Posting on Twitter, he joked he had “returned to my paperboy days” in honour of Mr Dixon’s achievement.

Mark Waldorn visits 100-year-old reader Jack Dixon

Mark Waldorn visits 100-year-old reader Jack Dixon

Speaking to HTFP, Mark said: “Jack’s daughter Patricia contacted us to see whether we would like to feature her ‘wonderful, lovely’ dad as he reached his milestone birthday and we immediately said yes.

“As well as learning of his war service, his incredible fundraising exploits – including abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth at the age of 91 – we learnt that he was an ardent reader of The News and would take a walk down to the corner shop to pick it up.

“So I thought the least I could do was save him the journey on his special day and deliver the paper myself, along with a cake and a card from the news team.

“It was such a pleasure to meet him and hear about his long and active life.”