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100 year-old family milk business comes to end


100 year-old family milk business comes to end

A milk lady, Jo Hall, has retired bringing an end to a 100-year-old village business during which her family have delivered an estimated 20 million pints.


MIlk lady Jo Hall: 100 year-old family milk business comes to end

Milk lady Jo Hall from Gunnislake, Cornwall is giving up her milk round after 55 years Photo: SWNS

The 71 year-old has spent 55 years delivering bottles of the white stuff to the residents of Gunnislake in Cornwall.

She is the third generation of her family to do the job after her father Charles Hall and grandfather Richard Hall.

Richard Hall delivered milk from 1913 and Charles Hall took over the duties in 1936 before handing the milk cart to his daughter.

She has since clocked up 176,000 miles over the years – at an average speed of 4mph – delivering milk to around 200 residents.

She is now retiring and as she has no children, the family tradition is to come to an end – after 96 years and twenty million pints.

”I am desperately sad to be leaving but I have had a great time and it has been a wonderful family tradition," she said. ”I shed quite a few tears on the final round as it has been my life since I started 55 years ago.

”My dad taught me the ropes when I was 16. He and my grandfather both delivered milk so it’s very sad that it has come to an end.”

She said it was also the end of the road for her milk float which was also being retired.

"The first one went at four miles an hour, this one goes about five. The batteries are conking out which is another reason for packing it in.”

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October 3, 2009 - Posted by | Entertainement, nature, People

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