September 30th, 2016

UK’s oldest milkman, 88, from Coventry vows to continue popular service for another decade

UK’s oldest milkman, 88, from Coventry vows to continue popular service for another decade UK’s oldest milkman, 88, from Coventry vows to continue popular service for another decade
Updated: 2:23 pm, Jul 22, 2016

DEREK Arch has certainly gotta lotta bottle – he has been delivering the morning milk in Coventry for 73 years.

Officially Britain’s oldest milkman, 88-year-old Derek only began the milk round as a favour to his milkman dad during the Second World War.

It was 1943 and a then 14-and-a-half-year-old Derek was getting up in the small hours to clamber through the rubble of a city flattened by German bombers to make sure customers got their delivery.

Fast-forward 73 years and Derek is still getting up at 2.30am every day to get the milk to his customers in time for breakfast on behalf of the family business D Arch & Son.

He even still drives the same 1950s milk float he has owned for the last 30 years.

And there are no signs of him calling it a day anytime soon – the sprightly delivery man, who lives with his 86-year-old wife Betty in the city – has vowed to carry on delivering for another ten years.

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