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Amandas the cream

A Borehamwood woman has been put forward by her customers for the title of Milkman of the Year 2001.

Amanda Wilby, 37, lives in Berwick Road in Borehamwood, but is also familiar face in the streets of London's New Southgate and Whetstone, where she does her milk round.

Amanda has been working as a milkwoman for nearly two years and is based at the Southgate depot of Arla Foods.

She leaves the depot at 5am every day, Monday to Saturday, with her float and usually finishes around 2pm.

Amanda was nominated by her customers for the title, which is organised by the National Dairymen's Association (NDA) to recognise the service that milkmen and women provide in the community.

She said: "I am thrilled. It is nice to know that what you do is appreciated and I would like to thank my customers for nominating me.

"There are not many 'milkwomen' so I suppose my customers notice me more than usual.

"I always try and stop for a chat, or check-up on some of my older customers, especially in winter."

NDA spokesman Julian Packman said: "We are asking all doorstep delivery customers to tell us why they think their milkman or woman deserves the title of Milkman of the Year 2001.

"Their reasons and their comments will form the main basis for the final decision, rather than the volume of votes received for each milkman or woman."

The closing date for nominations was December 31, and 12 regional finalists will be selected to go through to the finals in April, when the winner will receive a £15,000 Volvo.

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