Farmers call for local lamb

Jack Martin is calling for the return of this much-loved Tom Parker milk float after it was stolen during the night

Original Tom Parker Dairies milk float is stolen

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FARMERS are urging retailers and shoppers to back homegrown lamb.

The National Farmers’ Union, based in Petersfield, is worried some retailers are still failing to back local farming and not putting British lamb front and centre in their stores and promoting it to customers.

Charles Sercombe, livestock board chairman, said: ‘I speak for all livestock farmers when I say I am bitterly disappointed to see that, at a time of year when there is an ample supply of fresh, tender and delicious new season lamb available, some retailers are failing to live up to their commitments to support British farming. This year has seen an excellent growing season for lamb.’