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Our thanks to Mirror reader George who has ‘bought paper every day for 60 years’

Today the Mirror pays tribute to George Turberfield, one of our newspaper’s most loyal and long-standing readers.

George, 81, hit the headlines when droves of dog owners and pooches started visiting him at his home.

His failing health following a terminal diagnosis meant he was no longer able to get out to cuddle the pets, so instead they came to him.

And some even joined him inside for his other favourite pastime, reading his Daily Mirror.

Granddaughter Laura Henderson said: “Grandad has had three constants in his life – his family, dogs and his beloved Mirror newspaper.

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Cuddles with a pooch

The special dog stop
The special dog stop

“Now time is running low for Grandad but the same things are bringing him comfort.

“We are by his side, our dogs Pip and Reggie are here too and even though he’s not talking now, Grandad is holding fast to the paper.

“He has bought the paper every day for 60 years and never missed an edition.”

Laura added when George moved from Preston, Lancs, to a coastal village in Northern Ireland after his diagnosis, he wanted to make sure he could get his paper.

George with Mirror and one of the dogs
George with Mirror and one of the dogs

She said: “To know the people who work for the Mirror are thinking about him and thanking him for his loyalty is very special. He is a lovely man.”

This week it emerged pets were visiting him in Castlerock, Co Derry.

Laura, 36, said: “Because he has been very unwell, he has spent a lot of time in his sitting room. And the best part of the day was when dogs would visit.

“Grandad would go out and say hello and give the dogs a cuddle.

“But as his health deteriorated, he was less able to get outside but always made sure there was a water bowl for dogs and he’d wave from the window.”

She and caravan park owner David O’Neill then came up with George’s Castlerock Dog Stop, complete with a range of treats to attract more pets.

Laura said: “These will be cherished memories and it’s all down to George Turberfield – lorry driver, Mirror reader, dog lover and family man.”

Daily Mirror editor Alison Phillips said: “There’s much talk about what makes people great or famous but it has been Mr Turberfield’s kindness, dedication to his family and loyalty which truly show a life well lived.

“That we at the Mirror have been with him each day on that journey through adult life – as we have with so many loyal readers – is our privilege.

“Many thanks, George.”



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