TOPICS: The Herald's very loyal subscribers

LOYALTY can be pretty rare so when Topics heard that two of our readers have been buying the Newcastle Herald for more than 60 years, we were gobsmacked.

Sixty years ago Sir Robert Gordon Menzies was the Prime Minister, women wore full skirts with ankle socks and James Dean was the coolest.

In wedding terms 60 years marks a diamond anniversary and a letter from the Queen.

The readers, Mel Davies from Toronto and Betty Alder from Cardiff, are volunteers and share the news daily.

Ms Davies has been a subscriber to the Newcastle Herald (formerly The Newcastle Morning and Miners Advocate) for 66 years. She started buying the paper when she was 20 years old.

A former school teacher, Ms Davies has been instrumental in establishing the University of the Third Age at Lake Macquarie and maintaining the organisation’s national online library.

‘‘I always turn to the editorial page first,’’ Ms Davies said.

A keen cricket fan, Ms Davies is also an avid reader of the sports section.

Her grandson is former Newcastle cricketer Paul Wilson, who played for Australia in the late 1990s.

Wilson made his sole appearance against India in 1998, and remains the last Novocastrian cricketer to don the baggy green cap.

Ms Davies shares the paper every day with an elderly neighbour.

Mrs Alder, 91, has had the Herald delivered for 60 years and reads the stories to elderly residents at the Garden Suburb Aged Care Facility.

A mother of four, Mrs Alder has advanced osteoporosis and uses a claw contraption to help her pick up the paper each morning. 

She won volunteer of the year at the 2012 Hunter Aged Care Achievement Awards.

Can you beat Ms Davies’s record of being a subscriber for 66 years? Contact Topics.

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