A couple celebrated spending half a century running a milk round together by delivering their 10th million pint.
Maureen, 83, and Derek Clancy, 84, have had to get up for work at 2am for the last 50 years - yet have never taken a day off.
They say their happy and healthy life is down to “great milk” and plenty of fresh air.
Maureen said: “I couldn’t imagine a life where I didn’t do this.
“I’m 83, but I feel great and I don’t think we’ll be stopping anytime soon.”
The couple said they used to run a supermarket in Leeds until a sales rep ‘changed their lives’ in 1970.
The visitor mentioned a milk round which could fetch them ￡100 a week - a ‘little fortune’ at the time.
Derek, an engineer, had always wanted to be a business owner and decided to ring Leeds Coop Dairy and was invited to follow a round that weekend.
Five decades later, the couple have yet to miss a morning delivery on their run in Sherburn in Elmet, and its surrounding areas, and don’t expect to be stopping anytime soon.
They deliver roughly 4,000 pints of milk to 680 loyal customers each week in their village of just 6,000.
Maureen, originally from Leeds, West Yorks., said: “We never thought we’d be here 50 years on - but here we are.
“One decision all that time ago changed our lives forever - and I’m so thankful that we did.
“I’ve done milk longer than I’ve done anything in my life, other than my marriage.”
Their routine has remained largely unchanged through the years, waking up bright and early at 2am and finishing by 8am.
The grandmother-of-four added: “On his first actual day we went together because he didn’t feel he could do it alone.
“We had 800 pints, and we went through every house and I continued to follow him on the deliveries each morning.
“I thought I couldn’t let my husband do this on his own.
“And it was lovely to work together - we’ve always been together and I couldn’t imagine having anyone else by my side each day.”
The pair initially made the 20 mile journey from their home in Leeds, West Yorks., to Sherburn in Elmet, North Yorks., which was the only milk round available at the time.
But in 1980 they moved permanently to Sherburn after purchasing some land and building their dream three-bed home, where their kids and grandkids grew up.
The mum-of-two said: “I love everything this job has given us. We built our beautiful dream house in the countryside, my children have been brought up out here.
“We haven’t taken any days off. We don’t work the weekends, but we’ve been doing this every morning for 50 years.
“It’s the way we live now, but it’s been great because we feel healthy. We get up early, we get some exercise and we get loads of fresh air.”
The couple have no intention to stop working anytime soon and feel as ‘healthy as ever’.
Maureen claims she hadn’t gone to see a GP in years until last year when she had a check up and the doctor told her she had the ‘heart rate of a 21
She said: “I feel great, and I want to keep going. Milk is all I know.”
During Covid, orders have been flying in and they’ve amassed 160 new customers in the last six months - bringing the total to 680.
Maureen’s daughter Jill Midgley, 61, worked with the family for 15 years while their son Martyn Clancy, 41, is primed to take over the business when they eventually retire.