There were several narrow escapes in Blantyre on the early morning of Saturday 22nd December 1928, when a horse attached to a milkfloat ran away from Thornhill Avenue near Glasgow Road, and continued its wild career for about a quarter of a mile, luckily clearing two buses on its way.
It charged right down Glasgow Road , with the abandoned milk float in tow, where it raced along the busy thoroughfare.
At great personal risk, a local postman, Mr Andrew Moore, who was on delivery duties that day, rushed forward and hung on to the float. Clambering on board, he could not for a time catch the reins, but last managed to do so, and brought the horse to a standstill just as a crash with an oncoming passenger bus seemed imminent.
Incredibly, interviewed later, the plucky postman commented, “This is the third time I have done this in such incident!”
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2016
Pictured a couple of decades earlier by David Ritchie and exclusively only shown on Blantyre Project, is a horse drawn milk float at High Blantyre, which may put the story into context.