A VETERAN milkman who served villagers near Stone for almost 40 years has completed his final round.
Come rain or shine, Ken Fairbanks delivered milk to more than 400 households in Beech, Tittensor, Oulton, Stone and Swynnerton for 38 years.
He even starred on the front of the Newsletter in 1985, when Oulton Heath dog Whiskey worked out that hitching a ride on his float was a pawfect way to get around the neighbourhood.
But Ken, 61, has now hung up his cap for good to enjoy a well-earned retirement.
The Blythe Bridge grandfather, who followed the same route every week, believes he has delivered almost six million bottles of milk during his career.
This month it was time for him to enjoy a delivery of his own - a commemorative cake and a cheque for £600 from grateful customers. They also treated him to a farewell party at Oulton Village Hall.
“Even though I worked six days a week, with my shift starting from midnight until eight in the morning, I have loved every minute of it.”