Magnificent milkman Matt is cream of crop
Published on: 30 May 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.
Their votes secured him a coveted place in the semi-finals of Milkman of the Year 2017.
Matt, from Mangotsfield, was 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 was one of only six milkmen to reach this stage of the contest, 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.
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.
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 did not win the title but said he was honoured to be shortlisted. “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."