The Dairy Crest cows are a local landmark. Originally Job's Dairy had concrete cows put in their garden around 1935. Unfortunately time and exposure to the elements took its toll. Ears, noses and tails began to drop off and when the new extension to the dairy was completed in 1977 it was decided they had come to the end of their useful life. However, because the Job's cows had become so famous it was felt they should not be abandoned forever. New cows were created using fibreglass.
These cows remained on view and were kept by Dairy Crest when they took over the dairy.
For the past 37 years the cows have been a useful road marker and a talking point for local children and adults on their journeys. In addition, the road is used by many national and international travellers on their way into Twickenham to see rugby matches and beyond into London.
Dairy Crest have stated that the cows have become worn and their fixings dangerous and have removed the cows citing health and safety concerns. They have also said they can make no promises that they will restore or replace the cows.
We must petition Dairy Crest to act quickly to put back a well loved feature on an otherwise entirely ugly building. We should not rest until the cows come home!