Milkfloat carries Robin to his funeral

Robin Spedding
Robin Spedding

A customised 1940s milk float was the mode of transport chosen for the funeral of one-time dairy farmer and milkman Mr Robin Spedding.

It was the vehicle that took him on his final journey before his funeral at St Paul’s Church, Low Moor, Clitheroe.

Mr Spedding, who died at the age of 67 after a three -year battle against cancer, was a familiar face in the town and well known for over 40 years for his doorstep deliveries seven days a week for four decades.

Mr Spedding spent his childhood and working life at Henthorn Farm in Clitheroe.

One of the first students to attend the newly built Edisford Primary School, he was also a former pupil of Ribblesdale High School. A former member of the Young Farmers, where he met his late first wife Patricia, Mr Spedding became a well respected member of Clitheroe Lions, heading up the light entertainment for events such as the Heritage Fayre where he had the honour of walking an elephant through Clitheroe town centre.

After taking early retirement at 58, Mr Spedding fulfilled a lifetime ambition to cruise the Mediterranean with his wife Olwyn.

At Christmas he took on the role of Santa at Shackleton’s Garden Centre in Clitheroe for several years, helping to raise money for the Air Ambulance. Mr Spedding leaves his wife, five children and 15 grandchildren.