“Newspapers are in my blood - slice me open and you’d see ink inside,” says YEP stalwart Eric Simpson.
The much-loved sales supervisor, who is the paper’s longest serving employee, is hanging up his news bag after more than 46 years in the business.
His job delivering the news to the people of Leeds has spanned many momentous world events, such as the Kennedy assassination in 1963, the death of Princess Diana in 1997 and the Twin Towers attack in 2001.
It began in September 1967, when he joined Yorkshire Post Newspapers (YPN) to sell and distribute various titles, based out of the Scarborough branch.
Two years later he moved to the YPN office in Albion Street, helping manage more than 40 street vendors, who between them sold more than 15,000 copies of the YEP every day.
Eric’s dedication to the YEP has seen him work around the clock to bring readers breaking news, sport and racing results hot off the press - literally.
“We’d use an on-site ‘bush machine’ to print onto papers already at key vending points, such as Wembley Stadium and Elland Road,” he said.
“I’m really proud to have been performing such an important public duty for the past 46 and a half years,” he adds.
Eric’s adventures have also seen him take local Leeds news to homesick holidaymakers in Blackpool, as well as head for Paris when United played in the 1975 European Cup final.
His loyalty, commitment and passion have won him a place in the hearts of many.
“Eric’s dedication, humour and helpfulness mean he will never be forgotten. We wish him a very fond farewell,” said MD Helen Oldham.