Meet marvellous milkman Matt - he’s in line for national prize

May 08 2017

UNLIKE the 1970s character Ernie, milkman Matt Hudd might not drive the fastest milk cart in the west but it seems he's nevertheless captured the hearts of his customers.

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UNLIKE the 1970s character Ernie, milkman Matt Hudd might not drive the fastest milk cart in the west but it seems he's nevertheless captured the hearts of his customers.

So much so that their votes have secured him a coveted place in the semi-finals of Milkman of the Year 2017.

Matt, from Mangotsfield, has been recognised for going above and beyond the call of duty, even reuniting lost mobile phones and handbags to their rightful owners. The 49-year-old is one of only six milkmen to reach this stage of the competition, run by his employer milk&more.

A milkman for 20 years, Matt beat off stiff competition from just under 1,200 others due to his caring nature, reliability and friendly service.

And any day now it will be revealed which one of the six finalists has been crowned the winner.

When most people are sound asleep, the dad-of-two leaves the depot in Keynsham ready to drop off 400 deliveries, dishing out not just milk but a range of 200 everyday grocery items.

Currently serving an area of around 65 miles, including Pucklechurch, Kingswood, Staple Hill, Mangotsfield, Bitton and Warmley, Matt says his favourite part of the job is meeting customers and the relationships he’s built with them throughout his career.

Matt believes milkmen play an important part in the local community and feels it is part and parcel of his daily job to go one step further than merely delivering produce.

In addition to returning lost mobile phones and handbags to their owners, Matt has also helped a customer rearrange their house to meet their needs after they had been taken ill. 

Matt said he was honoured to receive a place in the semi-finals: “I am over the moon. Not only do I do a job I love, but it’s amazing to be recognised for it from people I consider friends. 

"We’re a team at milk&more, and we are all really focused on the service we provide and our role within the local community. It’s my goal to make sure that my customers have everything they need, when they need it, so to be nominated by them means the world to me.”

Around 10,000 customers across England and south Wales voted in the competition, proving just how much milkmen are valued by their customers.

Milk&more spokesman Chris Munn said the competition highlights the role each and every milkman and woman plays within the local community.

The winner was expected to be announced on May 4.