Milk vending machine opens in Gosforth

The machine vends semi-skimmed milk

One of the first milk vending machines in northern England has been installed in West Cumbria.

The vending machine, based in Gosforth, holds 150 litres (264 pints) of pasteurised semi-skimmed milk.

It is hoped the machine will help the environment by getting people to reuse their milk bottles.

Richard Mawson, the dairy farmer behind the idea, said: “If it works, I can certainly see it coming to Whitehaven and Cockermouth.”

The machine is available on a three-month trial and is open 24 hours a day.

The milk is sourced from a dairy just two miles away from Gosforth.

For a small price, customers can fill their own containers or passers-by can buy a disposable cardboard cup for a smaller drink.

Mr Mawson said: “She’s maybe not as good looking as the old milk maid but she works 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

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