Fam­ily re­mem­bers spe­cial de­liv­ery

Midland Reporter - - News -

FOR three decades, rain, hail or shine, the Tom­lin­son fam­ily has de­liv­ered hun­dreds of copies of the Mid­land-Kala­munda Re­porter to let­ter­boxes in Kala­munda and Goose­berry Hill.

Bill Tom­lin­son said his three boys Michael, Daniel and Kim took on the pa­per round on Tues­day, April 2, in 1991 when Kala­munda was still a sleepy vil­lage.

“Within three weeks our boys were de­liv­er­ing the pa­per on four routes in the area,” he said.

“Many peo­ple wel­comed the pa­per and would ask for ex­tra copies when they saw a fa­mil­iar face or rel­e­vant story. Un­for­tu­nately the cost of re­pair­ing the bikes due to the heavy loads car­ried al­most equalled the pocket money earned.”

Mr Tom­lin­son said he and his wife Lynda had seen many changes in the area while de­liv­er­ing the com­mu­nity news­pa­per.

“Over the years dozens of busi­nesses have come and gone, older houses have been de­mol­ished to make way for town­houses and slab build­ings have ar­rived. There has been a mas­sive in­crease in vis­i­tors for week­end mar­kets and other events,” he said.

Mr Tom­lin­son said the clo­sure of the Mid­land-Kala­munda Re­porter

would change his fam­ily’s life for­ever.

“Like the can­dle fac­tory, the printed copy will dis­ap­pear into his­tory for­ever,” he said.

“The dig­i­tal age has ar­rived and the clo­sure of the pa­per is truly an end of an era.”

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d486285

Lynda and Bill Tom­lin­son have been de­liv­er­ing the Kala­munda Re­porter for nearly 30 years.

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