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Milkman John Kershaw was left for dead on his round on Monday (Image: Getty)

Granddad-of-four John Kershaw, 65, was dragged out his van on Easter Monday and left for dead on the floor as the robbers stole his milk float. He and wife Jill, 64, decided to write handwritten letters to his 200 customers explaining his retirement, just months before his 50th anniversary in August. Mr Kershaw, from Littleborough, Rochdale, said: “I had my van stolen three months ago in a different attack. I could have retired last year but I really wanted it to make it to 50 years in the trade.

Granddad-of-four John Kershaw, 65, was dragged out his van on Easter Monday and left for dead on the floor as the robbers stole his milk float.

He and wife Jill, 64, decided to write handwritten letters to his 200 customers explaining his retirement, just months before his 50th anniversary in August.

Mr Kershaw, from Littleborough, Rochdale, said: “I had my van stolen three months ago in a different attack. I could have retired last year but I really wanted it to make it to 50 years in the trade.

Mr Kershaw said: “I had just got in my car when this man in a balaclava just reached for the door. 

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John Kershaw with his float in 1980 (Image: Getty)

“He pulled me out and dragged me across the floor. I decided to keep a baseball bat in the van after the last attack.

“I went in to get it but he grabbed it off me and started beating me with it. It was a good few minutes but it felt like forever.

“I had a bum bag on round my waist at the time had a spare set of keys in. He rifled through that before yelling: ‘Give me the keys, you’re old man I don’t want to have to kill you’.”

He added: ”Then he got in the car and drove off. When I went to the hospital the doctors did a CT scan and all the works. As I was waiting for them to examine me I realised one of my teeth was very loose.

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John Kershaw loved delivering milk to the people of Rochdale (Image: Getty)

“I haven’t fractured anything but I came out of there very bruised and battered.”

After speaking to wife Jill, 64, a retired NHS worker, he decided it was time to cut his losses and leave the job he loved.

He got his son John Henry Kershaw, 34, and daughter Helen, 40, to deliver the notes to his customers in and around Rochdale last night.

The note reads: “Dear Customer and Friend.

“It is with regret that I must retire from delivering your milk. It is a job that I have done nearly 50 years having taken over from my mum and dad.

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The emotional note John Kershaw sent his customers (Image: express)

“Unfortunately I have had my van stolen again and beaten quite badly trying to stop him stealing it. I am in talks with a friend of mine, who hopefully will take over the business.

“I would like to thank you for your support over the many years.

“Kind Regards, John.”

Mr Kershaw left school in 1969 to join the family milking business, set up by dad Dennis Kershaw 1953.

For almost five decades the committed milkman has made 4am drives to the depot, delivering bottles of milk to the people of Rochdale.

Mr Kershaw, who also helps to sell poppies in local pubs and clubs, said: “It’s always a job I’ve enjoyed doing.

“Both my mum and dad delivered milk so it’s something which has always been close to my heart. People do appreciate getting their milk delivered to the doorstep.

“I always tried to do it early as if you deliver it after 7.30am you’ll be hit by the traffic which isn’t helpful to people taking their kids to school and those going to work.

Outraged neighbour Maria Burns posted on Facebook: “Just received this off my milkman for over 10 years, he has never missed a delivery in all that time, no matter the weather.

“He is having to give his round up because his van has been stolen again and he has been badly beaten up??

“He is a milkman ffs, he should be able to go about his business with no fear!!”

A GoFundMe page has been set up by horrified customers hoping to raise cash for Mr Kershaw.

The Express has contacted Greater Manchester Police for a comment. 

https://www.gofundme.com/john-the-milkman039s-van?utm

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