Tony Fowler has been a milkman for over thirty years, his round is near Melton Mowbray. Reading his story in the Daily Mail, one realises how very fortunate his customers are to have their milk delivered by this remarkable man.
Tony’s round covers more than 100 miles, 27 villages and 852 homes. He works 365 days a year including Christmas. Not only does he bring the milk, he will also deliver eggs, compost, loo rolls and Christmas turkeys, amongst other things.
He has regularly foiled burglars, caught fly-tippers red handed, and apprehended joy riders. He changes customer’s light bulbs, puts out their rubbish, collects prescriptions, unblocks the odd drain and even mows some of his elderly client’s lawns.
Tony has deservedly been given numerous awards for services far and beyond the call of his milkman duties, and he has tirelessly fund raised over £300,000 for good causes.
In the late sixties and seventies, there were up to 45,000 milkmen delivering to more than 18 million British homes. Today there are fewer than 9,000, driven out by spiralling costs and low priced supermarket milk.
However, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel, the public are once again ordering milk to be delivered in traditional reusable glass bottles, a remarkable win in the war on plastic.
Every community should have a Tony, who keeps an eye out for the vulnerable and elderly in our communities. He notices the unusual and brings friendship and care to many. We have our own hero in Stuart who delivers our bottled milk, cream and the occasional box of vegetables. He arrives between midnight and 3am, so it is rare that we see him. However, Stuart never fails to deliver whatever the weather, and he alerts us if he sees anything out of the ordinary in the middle of the night.
It is encouraging that the public are recognising that milk in plastic is neither environmentally friendly nor that healthy. It is reported we are becoming more aware how important it is for children to drink milk, a vital source of calcium and vitamin D.
It is truly shocking that a significant number of children in 21 Century Britain, are being diagnosed with rickets. The combination of a lack of sunlight, most markedly amongst communities where females are required to be covered from head to toe, and children who increasingly are dissuaded from playing outdoors and soaking up the rare British rays of sunshine.
The problem has also been highlighted in several studies which monitored children on vegetarian, and vegan diets in particular. Some were markedly smaller in stature and lighter than their peers, who eat a normal balanced diet including milk and meat. Taking supplements as a source of calcium and vitamin D can be inadequate, particularly in young developing children.
However, we must remember everything we do or eat should be in moderation, including the consumption of red meat.
Over 52% of the voting public are becoming increasingly irritated being labelled ignorant and uninformed when we voted for Brexit. David Cameron and George Osbourne made it crystal clear that voting Leave would result in the UK quitting the Single Market, the Customs Union and European Court of Justice.
We also voted to regain British sovereignty, stop free movement and control our borders, regain jurisdiction over our 200 mile fishing zone, and give British farmers a better deal.
The UK holds all the cards. It is time for Mrs May and her team to stop negotiating, put our cards firmly on the table, and tell Mr Barnier and his mates to take it or leave it. Roll on March 2019 with no compromises and no handcuffs.