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‘World’s oldest’ paperboy from Camelon turns 100

Walter on his 100th birthday with beloved westie Harry. Picture: Michael Gillen (141508)

Walter on his 100th birthday with beloved westie Harry. Picture: Michael Gillen (141508)

 

He may be getting on a bit but a Camelon centenarian is still as sharp as a tack who delivers the papers every morning.

‘Well kent’ Walter Henderson Sharp celebrated his 100th birthday last Thursday, but the years have definitely been good to him as he can still manage to take care of himself living alone and catches the bus into town with his beloved West Highland terrier Harry nearly every day.

Son Brian (67) believes he’s also probably the world’s oldest paperboy.

He said: “He’s probably the oldest paperboy in the world because he gets up at 6.30 a.m. every morning and gets the papers and delivers his neighbour’s to them as well.”

Walter entered the world in the most uncertain of times. He was born just three days after the start of World War One on August 7, 1914, the youngest of five when his family lived at 50 Glasgow Road.

He is an ardent East Stirling fan and father to son Brian (67), and met his wife Doris, who passed away in 1990, when serving in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps in Surrey.

After he was demobbed they returned to Camelon where he worked as a storeman in the Carmuirs Iron Foundry and Alexander’s coach builders.

Brian added: “He’s quite a character. He is overwhelmed by all the cards he’s had and wants to thank everyone who sent one.

“He has received 108 cards so far, a lot of them from people he meets out walking Harry and local shop owners who all know and love him and Harry who are inseparable. The Provost was here chatting for an hour-and-a-half on his birthday.

“We speak to him three times a day but have to call him later on Wednesdays and Thursdays when he watches the Prime Minister’s and First Minister’s Questions.

“He loves the Shire and can tell you all about the famous victories they’ve had. We had a party for him at the Grange Manor and one of the guests arranged to pipe him in which was a great surprise.

“Instead of receiving presents he asked that people make donations to the local talking newspaper ‘Newsline’ and so far has raised £1085. People have been very generous.”

Walter’s father Robert was a goalkeeper for the Shire in the late 19th century and his jersey form the 1884/5 season is the oldest one on display at Hampden.

His oldest brother Robert was also treasurer of East Stirling in the 1950s and another brother Jack had hos own band which played at Doak’s where Walter used to collect the entrance money.

 

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