Forty-three years a milkman

Forty-three years a milkman

Forty-three years a milkman

Level 1:

This story is about a milkman. He is British. His name is John. He delivers milk. He does this for 43 years. He delivers 4,731,764 litres of milk. Now, he is retiring.

His job is not just about the milk. It is about the customers. Many people are lonely. John gives them their milk, and he talks with them. This makes people happy.

John is married. Do you know how he met his wife? She was his customer!

Difficult words: deliver (to bring something to a customer), retire (to stop working).

You can read this story in the Level 2 section.

This story is about a British milkman. In 1972, John started delivering milk, and he kept his job until now. He delivered 4,731,764 litres of milk. Now, he is retiring.

However, he says that his job is about lot more than just milk. It is about customers. A lot of people are lonely, and they get very happy when they see John and talk for a few minutes. It makes their day.

Because of his job, John also found the love of his life. His wife was originally just a customer.

You can read the original story in the Level 3 section.

“The early mornings are actually fun when there’s nobody about.”

Milkman John Diggs’ day certainly starts early. He gets up each morning at 1 a.m. and has been doing for 43 years; until now, he’s retiring.

“I feel cheated because the train robbers never got that long!”

In 1972, John started his first round and since then he has delivered 10 million pints (4,731,764 litres) of milk but John says the job involves much more than that.

“How you doing, all right?”

“You know, there are so many people out there who look forward to going to the door and having a chat. Some people, they don’t see people, they might not see anybody for two days, three days.”


“You turn up, you spend ten minutes, have a chat with them. It makes their day, it makes them feel as though like they’re still alive.”

And on one delivery, he even found love.

Well, believe it or not, I actually married one of our customers. She wanted to cancel her milk, so I tempted her to take her out for a drink one night. And 27 years down the road, it’s a bit of history!

I’ll miss the customers, you know, that’s the biggest thing, like going there every day, you see different people each day, you talk about different things. You know, I will miss it.”

“Ta ta!”

Difficult words: round (a task for part of a job), turn up (to come), tempt (to sweet-talk, to persuade; to try to make the person do something), down the road (in the future), ta ta British idiom (goodbye).



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