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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Redesdale News

IT IS always sad when a local business decides to cease trading, and this is especially so in the case of Otterburn farmer Jim Brydon, who has decided to call it a day with the milk round which has kept him busy for almost 50 years.

Jim, whose father began farming at West Townhead, Otterburn, in 1921, said: “My family have been delivering milk in and around Otterburn since the 1930s and I have been involved in the business since before I left school.

“Over the years we have delivered milk in Otterburn and along the Rede valley to Rochester and Byrness, to Otterburn Camp and to Elsdon and Grasslees.

“In the early days we used to milk our own cows, but couldn’t keep up with demand. After we stopped dairy framing we had to go to Rothbury each morning to collect the milk. It is only in the last three or four years that the dairy started delivering milk to us.”

Jim, who cites the trend for people to buy their milk at supermarkets rather than from their local milkman as the main reason he is giving up his round, intends to continue farming cattle and sheep at West Townhead.

A number of local people have told me they wish him well in the future and I am sure the whole community would join in thanking him for a job well done over the years. As one customer has said: “Jim has given us years of sparkling service.”

THE Rock ‘n’ Roll night held recently to celebrate the 60th birthdays of Margie Duffy and Stuart Murray raised £525 for St John’s Church, Otterburn.

THE Border Hunt is holding its annual general meeting in Otterburn Memorial Hall on Wednesday, October 18, at 8pm.

THERE will be services on Sunday at St John’s, Otterburn, at 10.45am and at All Saints, West Woodburn, at 11am. The harvest festival and animal service at St Francis’, Byrness, starts at 3pm.

CONTRIBUTIONS for these notes can be left at Otterburn Post Office, faxed to (0870) 134 2748 or emailed to ea4news@aol.com

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