MORE than 100 dairy farmers from across East Lancashire were expected to join a protest march through Blackburn town centre today.

They were due to join the National Farmers' Union's Fair Share of the Bottle campaign which highlights the falling price that farmers are receiving for their milk.

They were lobbying on the steps of Blackburn Town Hall.

A customised float transporting a giant milk bottle led the march, which started in Carlisle last week, and illustrated that farmers receive only a tiny proportion of the overall cost of a bottle of milk.

Lancashire NFU chairman Bill Sutcliffe said many of his members had seen their incomes drop by more than half in the last year.

He said: "It's a serious situation. We have members who simply cannot keep going. With prices this low we cannot invest. If we cannot invest we cannot survive."

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