Milkman receives milk hero award

It is with great pleasure to announce that one of Cotteswold Dairy’s independent milkman, Tony Fowler MBE has received a Milk Hero Award this week from the Dairy UK for being the eyes and ears of his local community for over a quarter of a century.


Tony, who has already been recognised with an MBE and a pride of Leicestershire award for services to the local community, currently operates in the town of Melton Mowbray and has delivered milk to over 800 customers in 22 villages for over 25 years, never missing a day’s delivery.


Whilst Tony is a businessman, his activities set him apart from others in that he possesses a real concern for the communities he delivers milk to. He embodies the community spirit by ensuring vulnerable people on his milk round are safe and cared for. Helping to ensure the safety of the community, Tony has assisted police officers in catching a string of criminals, successfully foiling burglaries and keeping an eye out for any suspicious behaviour. Tony also looks out for the elderly and regularly calls at the homes of vulnerable people to make sure they have essentials. If he encounters a problem, Tony will contact the authorities to ensure assistance arrives.


John Mulloy from Cotteswold Dairy, who nominated Mr Fowler, said: “Tony not only goes the extra mile for his community, but lives and breathes a true sense of community. His hands-on approach to his customers is remarkable.  “There are so many examples which demonstrate the type of milkman Tony really is - he does a lot more than simply delivering the daily pinta. From identifying when the elderly need medical assistance or alerting police to early morning criminal activity, Tony has always gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the vulnerable are safe and cared for.”


Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: “Milkmen and women can often be a lifeline the elderly, the housebound and the vulnerable. We would like to congratulate Tony on the outstanding service he provides for the community.”


It is extremely fitting that Tony should receive his award this week, because it is Cheltenham Festival week and Tony used to appear there as a highly accomplished jockey. He won two races at the meeting, the Olympics of jumps racing, in the 1980s. Famously he also showed his bottle, and plenty of it, as 35 years ago on Gold Cup day, he raced in the sensational Foxhunter Chase, despite having broken his collar bone just five days earlier. An Honourable Man, he was beaten in a photo finish by The Drunken Duck. Racing fans continue to talk about that race to this day and it was recently celebrated, along with Tony’s subsequent career as a crime-fighting, life-saving milkman, in Richard Austen’s book At The Festival.  No doubt Tony will continue his milk round for many more years to come and he’s a great asset and example of service to the community. 


Below is a photo from the book of the 1982 race. It is by Bernard Parkin and shows Honourable Man (near side) up against The Drunken Duck at the final fence.