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Midland Counties Dairy

jfc

master brummie
I worked at Moland Street from leaving school in '69 to going "on the buses" in 76. I started as a "runner" learning all the rounds. When I was 17 I took my milk float test. This was taken at Perry Pont and I think lasted around 10 mins. I then took over my own round covering Aston and Witton. Names I remember are Len Higgins my first manager then after he retired Eric Steel took over. Other names were George Williams, John Jukes, John Cartledge, Steve Cleaver. I can remember a number of other first names, but not their sur names, its an age think I think.
 

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
I noticed the name John Jukes and wondered if he lives in Great Barr?. The one I know used to help out at swimming club.
 

jfc

master brummie
I am going back 35 years now but i think he lived somewhere in South Birmingham
 

johnieo

proper brummie kid
Midland Counties main bottling plant was in Corperation St in the fifties and sixties, there was also a depot at Yardley by the Swan if you come from the cemetary towards the swan island there is a large driveway between the Yardley social club and I think the funeral people the driveway is still there I don't know if the yard is still at the back. In about 1955 as a lad of 11yrs old I used to help a milkman called George Viner who worked for Fowlers dairys in Acocks green this company was taken over by Midland counties about 1956 and the workforce was moved to the Yardley depot we had the horse and carts then. There is a Midland Counties milk float in the Coventry motor museame. John
 
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BernardR

Guest
I had forgotten Fowlers Dairies - did they have a cream livery for the Floats?
 

johnieo

proper brummie kid
Hi Bernard I can,t remember what colour livery they had they only had one electric milk float and about six horse and carts, the dairy was up a driveway in Westley Rd Acocks Green opposite the Westley Arms, I think the driveway is still there. The bottleing plant was in Showell Green Lane Sparkhill. I well remember the name of our horse it was Snowball he had a nasty streak. When the blacksmith used to come to shoe the horses I would always help him. Oh happy days. Regards John.
 

paulinehorton

proper brummie kid
Hi jonieo,
I was a milkman at the Midland Counties Dairy at the Swan around 1965. The manager was Ray Greatham.
Few names I remember were John Nimmons, Ray, Johnny O'Connor.
Great days.
Ray.
 

johnieo

proper brummie kid
Hi paulinehorton, I am afraid I do not know any of these names as I said I was only a lad of 11yrs of age and used to help one of the milkman in those days which would be around 1955/56 you were supposed to be 13yrs old before you could work but no one used to bother except the yard manager who would not let you into the yard unless you were employed by Midland Counties so I would have to stand outside till the chap I used to help on a Sat and Sun came out of the yard his name was George Viner he came to Midland Counties from Fowlers dairy when they were taken over. As you say great days although a very long time ago I remember it well.
John
 

Stephen0002002

master brummie
In honour of my milkman Alan :) who always gets the milk through in rain, hail and snow.
Al you are worth every penny mate :) ... milkmen should be compulsory :)
 

dek carr

gone but not forgotten
I still use the milkman sometimes I here him putting the milk down at 2 in the morning.I,ll support them for ever even if the milk is a little more expensive.Every one needs a Job.
 

Betty Hopper

master brummie
I learned to roller skate outside Midlands Counties on Corporation Street. I must have been about 8yrs. I suppose.
I also spent many happy hours watching the bottles going round.
Also, I had a friend Sid Williams who worked there but I think he worked in the office
Betty.
 

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
I loved roller skating too Betty. Loved their ice cream. Nothing like it made today I am afraid. Jean.
 

paul stacey

master brummie
I remember the 3 wheeled Midland Counties, ice cream bike with the big box on the front, in Cannon Hill Park on Sundays in summer in the early 50's. Paul
 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
hi paul ;
yes you may recall that on an old thread from a couple of years ago we did a aricle on the old midland daireis
a few years back as i worked there in the late fifties and early sixties with a new float they did not moved they flew around my round was all around the handsworth area around hamstead rd and oxhil and the grove and around the brunswick virualy most of the area and i finished up at the old red lion soho rd
along with my mates including a guy known as little taffy and my old brother inlaw whom was known as jona [ tony ] whom died many years ago sadly through the booze
all from catherine street and lived in brunswick rd it was a great job to have yes jean the good old days ; best wishes alan ASTONIAN;;
 

paul stacey

master brummie
Hi Alan, you may have delivered to my old Nan, she lived in Vicarage Road, Handsworth, off the Soho Road.paul
 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
Hi Paul
Hope You Are Well Nice To Hear From You Again ; Yes If He Had Midland Counties The I would Certainly Would Have Delivered His Milk To Him
Bcause The Only Competiter Was Wacconda,s And They Never Delivered In And Around That Quarter They Only Got White house street ND around holly rd
Section And Hamstead RD It Was New Ground to Them to Try And Break Into The Market
On White hall rd Which Was A very Long rd Indeed And Holly rd They Had ABOUT twelve Customers
And The Good Old Midlands Had Virtualy The Whole Of Handsworth In Those Days
Started On The TOP of Soho RD And Done The Complete Circle Of Handsworth And Back Delivering the famous Gold Top Bottled Milk
Have A Nice Day Paul Best Wishes Alan; ASTONIAN;;;
 

jfc

master brummie
I started work in 1969 on leaving school at 15. I worked for Midland Counties Dairies at Moland Street, just off Corporation St. I started as a 'runner' learning all the rounds. I was used to help reliefs cover days off for the roundsmen. Len Higgins was the manager then, Ray Steel took over when Len retired and moved to Tamworth. We covered the City, Deriend, Bordesley, Aston, Shockley, Wilson Green, Handsworth and surrounding areas. As soon as I was old enough to drive I had my own round. My round started in Park Lane and worked across to Witton. I met my wife on my round, sister of one of my customers, been married to her for 39 years now. I stayed on 'the milk' until I was 21 and passed my PSV licence and started 'on the buses'. Names I remember, George Williams, John Dukes, John Cartledge, Alan Davis (Co-op) and Steve Cleaver,
 
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