Milkman will be missed

A MILKMAN who delivered his last pint at the weekend will be sorely missed, according to the residents whose doorsteps he visited each morning for 30 years.

Nicholas Garwood, from The Hill, Stanstead, began working in the family business– started by his father, Jack, some 70 years ago – in 1981, getting up at 5.30am every day.

The 58-year-old, who has covered his home village, Boxted, Hartest and Lawshall over the last three decades, made his last delivery on Saturday.

“I’ve met lots of different people and have really enjoyed my time in the job,” he said.

“I will miss it but things have changed and the big stores take a lot of our trade nowadays.”

Irene Robinson, who lived in Stanstead before moving to Long Melford three years ago, said she was sad to see Mr Garwood retire.

“The family has served the community for a very long time and it seems like they’ve always been there,” she said.

“They’ve come out in all weathers and got up at the crack of dawn for many years.

“I think he deserves a thankyou for what he’s done as it is a village service and is part of our history.”