A RIBBLE Valley milkman is doing his bit in the national effort to turn the tide on Coronavirus by teaming up with famous cheesemaker Singleton’s and Co. to make deliveries to vulnerable residents.

Mick Adair, who has lived in the area all his life, began his deliveries last week to help people in Longridge and Grimsargh to cope with the lockdown.

His partnership with the family owned firm will see nine different varieties of cheese delivered alongside customer’s usual milk order.

Mick said: “I’ve lived in this area all my life and have operated the milk round for 20 years, so see first-hand how much social distancing is affecting some people. By working with Singletons & Co. I can deliver another essential product to my customers and hopefully help to reduce the need to head out to the shops.”

The company can trace its roots in Lancashire all the way back to 1745 and as such was only too glad to help the community it has been a part of for so long.

Head of sales Henry Openshaw said: “Cheese is an essential part of the diet – rich in calcium and protein, and versatile in terms of use.

“Historically we’ve supplied wholesalers, major retailers and manufacturing customers rather than direct to customers, so this is an exciting move for us.

“We’re grateful to Mick for his help in ensuring that our cheeses can be delivered to people who may be self-isolating or unable to get to shops, meaning that they have easy access to a food staple that will hopefully make things a little easier.”

The deliveries Mick is making include a selection of Singleton’s cheddars, Lancashire cheeses, Double Gloucester, Red Leicester, Wensleydale & Cranberry, and the cheesemaker’s sheep’s milk cheese, Parlick.