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page created 9th September 2010, amended/updated Saturday, 09 October 2010

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Roy in 2002
Roy Green, our former milkman, died on 27th July 2010. He had been ill for a year.
Roy and his wife Maureen lived in Elm but were well known in Welney, having delivered milk (and many other products too) to virtually every household in the parish at some stage in the twenty years he was the roundsman.

The funeral was conducted in the Parish Church in Elm. An anouncement in the Fenland Citizen in August 2010, published here by permission of his wife:
"Maureen, Marlene and family, would like to thank everyone who attended Roys funeral, sent cards and messages of support and made donations. A special thanks to doctors and district nurses from the Clarkson Surgery, MacMillian Centre staff at Kings Lynn and Wisbech also Marie Curie nurses for the care given to Roy in the past year. Thanks to Rev Dawn Mason for the beautiful funeral service, special thanks to Tony Clingo and Roland Singleterry for their caring funeral arrangements."
In 2002 the following report by Margaret Levesley appeared in issue 26 of Welney News and is reprinted here as a tribute to Roy.

After 27 years delivering milk, Roy Green has finally hung up his woolly hat and retired from his round. At least 20 of those years have been spent popping pintas onto doorsteps in Welney.
Roy's day usually started at 3.30 a.m. (the middle of the night to you and me) and
apart from pay day clocking off time was about 1.00 p.m. During his six day week he covered Welney, Christchurch, Tipps End, Lakes End, Three Holes, Upwell and part of Elm.

During a competition, which raised nearly £800 for National Children's Homes it was discovered that Roy delivered almost 4,000 pints, walked 71.64 kms. and got in and out of his lorry 1460 times each week. Roy says he couldn't have done it without wife Maureen, also a familiar face on his rounds.

At the Lamb and Flag recently Roy was presented with a framed collage of [Welney] village photographs old and new as a memento of his time in Welney. He has been overwhelmed by the generosity of his customers and would like to say a big thank you to them all. During the next few months he will be compiling a scrapbook of poems and snippets he has collected on his round. Hopefully this could be left at the Lamb and Flag for anyone to leaf through.
We all wish Roy a long and happy retirement."
roy and maureen
Roy and Maureen with the framed collage at the Lamb & Flag Inn, Welney, April 2002

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