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milk round

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milk round

Is this an icon?


milk round

We can get pretty nostalgic about our doorstep milk deliveries. After all, there can’t be many countries that have had a record at number one in the singles chart about a milkman. Comedian Benny Hill’s record Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West) topped the charts in 1971 for five solid weeks.

Before the milk float, milk was delivered on wheeled carts – either horse-drawn or simply pushed. The milk was in a churn before the advent of the milk bottle and the milkman poured it into the jugs his customers left on their doorsteps. A cloth cover over the jug protected the milk from flies.

The early morning chink-chink of the milkman or woman and the hum of the electric float is declining in 21st-century England though – despite efforts to extend the range of products on offer to include eggs, bread, juice and more. Despite rumours to the contrary, there is no threat to UK milk deliveries from the European Union, but there might just be one from lack of domestic interest.


Your comments

Where else would you have milk delivered in glass bottles? It was recycling before its time!

Liz Pardey

Beautiful sight to behold, and a lovely shape to the bottle which makes it easy to hold.
Oona Goodman

Is there anywhere else where you can wake up to a fresh pint of milk on your doorstep? making this an ICON might help protect it from disappearing.
Tina Naples

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My favourite Icon of England has to be the Cornish Pasty.

Ian Baldry