One of Alexandra’s best known faces will soon be touring the country in his new era of retirement.
Long-serving Otago Daily Times Alexandra delivery contractor Wayne Soper was farewelled from his role at a ceremony with Allied Press leaders and Alexandra community members last week.
Mr Soper has had 26 years of 4am starts delivering the newspaper around Alexandra, and provided lengthy service to other organisations also.
He was the caretaker of the grounds at St Gerard’s School for about 25 years, at Clyde Primary School for about 15 years and Alexandra Primary School for about 10 years.
He also coached rugby for Alexandra Rugby Club and Dunstan High School teams on and off for about 15 years.
Mr Soper and his wife, Pam, moved to Alexandra 34 years ago and he then held the milk deliveries contract for Alexandra for about six years, after having held a similar contract in Riverton for five years.
Mr Soper’s long service to Allied Press was acknowledged by its board members and management at the farewell ceremony on Friday, and the support and service of Mrs Soper was honoured too.
The couple are now planning their retirement, beginning with trips around New Zealand in a camper van Mr Soper built.
He said he would not miss the early starts of the Otago Daily Times job, but had loved the “people contact” that his many roles had provided, and said Alexandra was a “great” place in which to live and bring up his family.