Crate Expectations!

By: snowgood

Sep 12 2016

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Category: people, Photography

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Once upon a time every street in suburbia featured these delightful Unigate milk floats.

They were sometimes up against the 4 wheeled Express Dairies machine, but my folks always went with this “Farmer’s Wife” option.

The humble milkman was up before dawn six days a week, braving all weathers to get the great British pinta onto our doorsteps.

It may look compact and lightweight, but underneath the GRP shell was a solid chassis ram paced with lead acid batteries.

If per chance you happened to drive your car into the back of one the milk float usually came away virtually unscathed.

My old VW Scirocco “died” after hitting one!  The repair cost on the  milk float was just £5 for a new indicator.

It’s amazing how the once ubiquitous milk float conjure up such fond memories a few decades after they went out of service.






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