'Bored' pensioner, 89, finds work after placing newspaper ad

An 89-year-old pensioner who pleaded for work in a local newspaper to prevent him "dying from boredom" has found himself a job.

Widowed Joe Bartley placed a "work wanted" ad in Devon last week - a year and a half since his wife of over 35 years passed away.

Mr Bartley, a former soldier who served in the airborne forces in Palestine, described himself as "dying of boredom" at home and on the look out for twenty hours of work a week.

He listed his abilities as cleaning, light gardening, DIY and "anything".

And just days after placing the ad, Mr Bartley received a job offer from a local cafe in Paignton.

Mr Bartley said he was 'dying from boredom' Credit: ITV News

"Someone phoned me today (Tuesday) from the Cantina Cafe in Paignton and said they might have something for me", Mr Bartley said.

"I am going to see them on Thursday and told them I can clean tables or work in the kitchen.

"I am pleased I have been able to get the word out. I don't care if it is menial work - I am a working man and I just need a job".

Mr Bartley said he had been offered some handy man work and odd jobs already as well.

His wife, Cassie, passed away in February 2015 Credit: ITV News

But Mr Bartley said he turned these offers down as he was seeking something "a little more permanent".

Previously, he told ITV News: "I would feel more like Joe - now I don't feel like Joe because I've got to depend on the council for rent and everything else.

"You see when you're working for yourself you're more or less self contained.

"I don't know how to explain it any better really, you feel more individual and you're meeting people, you know making friends".

Mr Bartley used to serve in the armed forces Credit: ITV News

Mr Bartley served as a signalman for the Royal Signals of the 6th Airborne Division and worked as a wireless operator between 1946 and 1948 in Palestine.

He came out of the army and but rejoined in 1958 and served under under Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers.

He worked as a sign writer and coach painter for seven years working in France and Germany before ending his military service in 1966.