Teenager scoops paper boy award

While most of us are still warmly tucked up in our beds, Jordan Wardrope is out rain or shine making sure the morning's news is delivered. But now the 17-year-old from Lowestoft, who starts his job at 6am seven days a week, has had his hard work recognised, after scooping the prestigious News Deliverer of the Year Award.

While most of us are still warmly tucked up in our beds, Jordan Wardrope is out rain or shine making sure the morning's news is delivered.

But now the 17-year-old from Lowestoft, who starts his job at 6am seven days a week, has had his hard work recognised, after scooping the prestigious News Deliverer of the Year Award.

The award from the National Federation of Retail Newsagents is given to the paperboy or girl who shows the highest levels of service, commitment and customer care.

And this year it was Jordan's dedication that sees him up at the crack of dawn every day, organising 32 paperboys and girls for Dixon's Newsagents, in Carlton Colville, as well as completing his own round, that won over the judges.

He said: “When they called out my name I was very pleased, and it is nice to win the £500 and the mountain bike. I'm going to use the bike until I give up my round in January, and I'm going to put the money towards a car.”

Last night, his manager, Tim Scarfe said he was delighted for Jordan.

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He said: “He truly deserves the award. I have entered kids for the last 15 years and we have never won anything.

“But Jordan is really exceptional. He is the head boy here so there are 32 kids under him, if any are off he covers their rounds. He's modest, he never complains if you ask him to do anything, he's always reliable. He's just a joy to have working for us.”

But Jordan is not the first Dixon's paperboy to find himself making the news. The newsagent also provided a young Justin and Dan Hawkins of the Darkness with their first jobs, and up until he landed his £500,000 record deal, was also the main source of income for Rock School's Little Chris Hardman.