THE Ludlow MP Philip Dunne turned school milk monitor for a morning.

Philip Dunne was milk monitor for the day in Corvedale Church of England Primary School in celebration of World School Milk Day.

To mark the event the school was encouraging children to drink milk An initiative driven by the Food and Ag riculture Organisation of the United Nations, World School Milk Day has celebrated children drinking milk in school and early year’s settings in more than 30 countries around the world since 2000.

In the UK an estimated 1.5 million children under the age of five receive free milk every day, while pupils aged five to 11 receive subsidised milk.

Delivered fresh to the classroom, the milk is enjoyed as a group, promoting responsibility, independence, manners and numeracy, and provides important social time in a child’s day.

Milk is vital for building healthy bones and teeth and improves a child’s concentration, memory and creativity.

World School Milk Day is funded in the UK by Cool Milk, the country’s leading school milk supplier.

Managing director John Sedgwick said establishing good eating and social habits through milk schemes at an early age was a vital part of a child’s education.