GETTING up at the crack of dawn every day is many people’s worst nightmare.
Now imagine setting the alarm that early for 33 years.
It’s been great seeing people grow upLen Wiggins
Len Wiggins has relished it – all so his customers could have milk on their cereal and a nice morning brew.
But after three decades of delivering milk, Len has decided to call it a day.
The 65-year-old, from Havant, has been delivering across Leigh Park and West Leigh for as long as he can remember.
He followed his father into the milk delivery trade and soon realised he had found his perfect job.
He said: ‘It’s been great meeting and talking to people and seeing them grow up.
‘But it’s been sad to see the older customers passing away.
‘Dad used to do the job, so it was something I always wanted to do.’
Len has never seen getting out of bed – even on the dark winter mornings – as a negative.
He said: ‘I liked the early starts. An early start equals an early finish.’
He said the best part of the job was his customers and he would miss them.
Len has been based at the Dairy Crest depot in Dunsbury Way, Leigh Park.
With the advent of online shopping and more milk being bought in supermarkets, the business has evolved over the years.
In recent years Len has also been delivering bread, breakfast cereal and yoghurt.
George Warry, the depot manager, said: ‘Like many of his fellow milkmen, Len regularly goes the extra mile to deliver great customer service.
‘During his time as a milkman, Len has enjoyed being out in the countryside, getting to know his customers and seeing the sun rise every morning on his round.
‘As a milkman, Len is used to being busy and active on his round. However, he is now looking forward to relaxing and spending more time with family and friends during the summer months.
‘Len’s been a great milkman and I know everyone at the depot has enjoyed working with him.
‘We’ll miss him but hope he enjoys his retirement – he certainly deserves it.’
Nationally, Dairy Crest milkmen deliver 250 million bottles of milk every year.