TRIBUTES have been paid to Wirral Globe's oldest paper boy Les Potts, who has passed away.

Every week, for 20 years the Heswall-based great-great grandfather endured wind, rain, hail and snow to ensure his allotted 220 copies of the paper were delivered on his round in Brimstage Road, Acre Lane and Pulman Close.

A veteran of the D-Day landings he was awarded the Legion D'Honneur - France's highest honour - for his role in the liberation of Normandy in 1944.

After the war he became a sales rep and, later, regional sales manager for Cadbury's.

Les took over the Globe round from his grandson Richard, 20 years ago and was still delivering at the age of 92.

He passed away, peacefully in his sleep, at Safe Harbour nursing home in Bromborough earlier this month at the age of 94.

His funeral service takes place at Landican Cemetery on Wednesday, November 6 at noon.

Paying tribute, Les' son Mike, 71, told the Globe today: "He was a wonderful man, to be quite honest.

"He left school to get his first job at the age of 14 and worked until he was 92. He was never out of work.

"When out delivering the Globe he was instantly recognisable in his cap and jacket, but when he as at functions he was immaculately dressed."

"He was monumentally mean to himself, but to friends and family he was the most giving man you could possibly meet."

Les' time delivering the paper created a media storm, with our story attracting interest from Radio Merseyside, BBC Northwest Tonight and ITV.

The Globe surprised him at his daughter's home in Heswall with a celebratory birthday cake and card on his 90th birthday in 2015.

Reflecting on the love of his paper round, Les said at the time: "It has caused a quite a stir, with interest from everyone.

"I've also had a lot of kind words from people on the round.

"I love the job and couldn't imagine not getting out every week to do it.

"I'll carry on delivering the paper until my body tells me enough's enough.

"I've made a lot of friends on the round and enjoy getting outdoors, come wind, rain, hail and snow.

"It's a long round, about three-and-a-half hours, but can't think of a better way to spend my time."

Les married Joyce in 1947 and son Mike was born a year later.

Joyce passed away eight years ago.

He has four great grandchildren and great-great grandson Kian-Jay Thomas Potts.