Do you have your milk delivered by a Milkman?

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Do you remember that wonderful clinking sound of the milk bottles arriving and the ubiquitous morning whirr of electric milk floats?

In years gone by the milkmen used horse-drawn vehicles and in Britain these were still seen in the 1950s.

What about the colour coding on the foil tops and that weirdly satisfying way of opening them – a push just powerful enough to dent but not break it.  Birds were attracted to peck away at the caps to get to the cream line, and in the winter the milk froze, and the ice popped up and raised the foil seal.

In 1970, almost 99% of milk was delivered by the Milkman. Now, Dairy UK found that doorstep delivery stands at less than 5% of the liquid dairy market, and milkmen aren’t able to compete against the supermarkets.

Do you still have milk delivered to your door? Is your milkman or woman the cream of the crop? Do you have other groceries delivered by your milkman in addition to the white stuff? Or do you buy your milk in a supermarket?

Do you have your milk delivered by a Milkman?

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AnnHar1
1st Nov 2015
1
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We have ours delivered as do most of our neighbours We do a Christmas/New Year order for cream, farm eggs etc too We will continue to do so until our milkman retires I suppose but I might just look for a new one if I can as there are a few around here still 😀 Hate all the plastic waste that we create so love my milg being in bottles
Bizzielizzie
27th Oct 2015
2
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I have not seen a milkman round my area for years, those where the days. When i was at school we had a small bottle of milk for morning break time.
britmale
11th Oct 2015
1
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ive not seen a milkman I years, not sure I need it delivered but certainly would welcome glass bottle rather than plastic
jc1
11th Oct 2015
0
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Yes it would be nice to go back to that,now it probably would be to expensive.I can remember the milk being delivered on a Christmas morning when I was a child happy happy days.
ParsleyPeg
11th Nov 2015
0
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Yes they did deliver on Christmas Day. I sometimes used to help my Dad with delivering the milk at holiday times. It always seemed strange to be out and about at 4.30am when no-one else was around!
Joy Ailsa Evans
25th Sep 2015
1
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There's a good feeling to collecting the milk from the doorstep in a morning.
I rather like the fact that it's one less item I'm purchasing from a large conglomerate...
I also like the fact that I never run out, so the early morning coffee is always just how I like it.
sdpware
27th Sep 2015
1
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isn't the dairy a large conglomerate???
John H Scadden
18th Sep 2015
2
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I had milk delivered until the delivery changed to alternate days and we got deliveries on Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday! Had it been Friday, Monday and Wednesday, I might have continued but saw no benefits to the revised service. Haven't seen him around much since so he probably lost a lot of custom through that.
Jo Kingham
16th Sep 2015
2
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No service for it in our area
Litcho1
15th Sep 2015
2
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I have my milk delivered by a milkman, sadly a dying service nowadays. There is always the comments about so much plastic waste, but the milk bottle was the ultimate recycleable container
ParsleyPeg
12th Sep 2015
2
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My Dad used to be a Milkman and I always swore that I would have my milk delivered for as long as there was such a service. However, quite a number of years ago now the delivery service became so unreliable, I couldn't get a bill regularly, and the milk was considerably more than it was at the Supermarket, so I gave in, cancelled my deliveries and have bought from the Supermarket ever since.
AudreyAngela
11th Nov 2015
1
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I agree with every comment made with ParsleyPeg this is the reason I stopped having a delivery.
ValB1
12th Sep 2015
2
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We did have our milk delivered some years ago but during the summer months it went sour very quickly due to us being out at work all day!! We also found that it was badly dated whereas if purchased with your weekly shop you get to choose longer dated product!!
Dachiltern
11th Sep 2015
0
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Due to so few customers the price became unmanageable and the service stopped.
HOLLYMAN
11th Sep 2015
3
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Have had milk delivered to our welsh countryside retreat for the past 39 years. This is for two pints on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week and delivered from our local farmer in a truck.
It is a bit dearer than supermarket milk but tastes better!
Sybil
11th Sep 2015
1
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I do not drink milk as it is acidifying, but enjoy almond milk as a "nightcap" with one teaspoon of organic honey.
granny 24
11th Sep 2015
2
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I don't drink milk so no - but when my family were still at home we always had our milk delivered. As a child living near London we had our milk delivered every day by horse & cart. I wanted to give the horse a lump of sugar but as it was still rationed my mother said its either in your tea or in the horse soooo the horse won!
thebootman
10th Sep 2015
2
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Yes I would consider getting my milk delivered,but the method of payment is now the problem.Paying by cash is out the question a credit card transaction through a web site showing your account and milk delivered each day would be acceptable. You would be in control of your deliveries and alter or delete when you go on holidays.
John H Scadden
18th Sep 2015
1
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The current service does allow you to pay by card. Suggest you go to Milk & More
globetrot
6th Sep 2015
0
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I just buy my milk as and when I need it
mamphit
6th Sep 2015
1
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So sorry that the milkman don't seem to be around anymore. I do feel sorry how our lifestyle has changed. But saying that we do have to move on with the times, then join in with most people of our age & go to the supermarkets. Still I suppose it get's us out.
2
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Used to have my milk delivered years ago it now seems
but decided to get milk from local supermarket I freeze my milk when I buy what I need
Katanlyn
5th Sep 2015
3
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I have mobility problems so having milk delivered is a blessing. Also my milkman can deliver other goods as long as I order them by 9pm the day before. I know I pay more than I would in the supermarket but it's worth it for me.
thefilthycripple
5th Sep 2015
2
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Much research was done years ago and it always showed plastic bottles adversely affected the milk ! However home delivery companies take the Mickey on price !
BirdofParadise
5th Sep 2015
1
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Had to stop having milk delivered when I left for work before the milkman came. Not a good idea to have milk outside all day when it is hot. I now buy 2.2 ltr bottles from the supermarket and transfer into 1 ltr bottles and freeze. Always have about 8 bottles in the freezer in case I can't get to the shops for any reason.
Roevalley
5th Sep 2015
6
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When I saw this I just had to tell. We live in a rural area and have our milk delivered. Our milkman always drove an open-sided milk lorry until recently. He has been obliged by the 'Elf 'n Safety brigade to get a closed van 'to avoid contamination'. This means that as he arrives at each house he has to get out and open the doors of the van and reach in to get the milk and close the doors again. How on earth our generation survived I do not know. I dread to think how much time this adds to his rounds.
Munsterlander
4th Sep 2015
7
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When I was a kid many many moons ago we had our milk delivered everyday. Its magical to think we used to have different bottle tops. I think gold was full cream. We had it a few times and I thought we were millionaires!-We were as poor as church mice but had a lovely childhood
Silverjan
8th Sep 2015
3
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Gold top was the milk from Jersey cows.
Max321
4th Sep 2015
4
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would love to have milk delivered but it doesn't happen in our area. Used to have milk, eggs and yoghurts delivered by the milkman where we used to live.
Wilf
4th Sep 2015
5
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We don't have our Milk delivered although some of our neighbours do. The milkman does deliver goods like milk, bread and other household goods if we run short. We can order it all on the internet the night before which is perfect. I see our neighbours milk bottles everyday covered by a bit of plywood to stop the birds pecking and drinking the milk-they are very clever!!!!

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