End of an era as milkman Robert set to hang up his bottles!

Thursday, 30 November 2017

End of an era as milkman Robert set to hang up his bottles! thumbnailRetiring milkman Robert Ross with a selection of his old milk bottles stretching back 50 years and up to the present plastic carton. There are bottles from Ahoghill Diaries, Whiterock Portrush, J Hamill Greenhill, Brocklamont Dairy and GG Sloane Dairy.

ONE of Ballymena's last remaining milkmen is due to retire on his 60th birthday this weekend.
Robert Ross from Townhill Road, Portglenone has been delivering milk for almost 50 years.
When Robert retires this Saturday, December 2 there will only be one milkman left in Ballymena.
Robert first became a milkman's helper as soon as he left Buick Primary School and later took over the Cullybackey route, which 20 years ago grew to include Portglenone.
At his busiest Robert was delivering milk to over 500 customers in the Cullybackey and Portglenone areas.
Robert started working to George Sloan at Waveney Avenue then went to Johnston's Dairies, Railway Street followed by a move to Pennybridge where a large plant was built. This then became Northern Diaries and then Dale Farm.
Robert's average day involves starting work at 4.30am and returning home around 12.30pm, although he admits it takes him longer in the winter "when the roads are slippy."
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.


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