The Milky Bar Kid
Who is the Milky Bar Kid? Well, there are few of the milky bar kids out there with a few in total nowadays. The first milky bar kid advert started in 1961. How Milky bar kid came about during the 1960’s was during this time, there were only 3 programs on the TV and they where BBC 1, BBC 2 and iTV. The advert in those days where famous. They were watched in all of the only 3 channels UK had then. This simply allowed the viewers to be more engaged and thus drew more attention.
Little Harris and Difficulties
When Milky Harris was 3 years old he had his share of disasters, he also had an operation on his eyes due to a squint he had. He’s mum and dad told him this years later. He used to sleep in an elderly man’s bed whilst in hospital for comfort. He completely forgot about this.
When he was 5 years old. He was knock down by a car and had to spend 5 to 6 weeks in hospital. He was pretty broken up, from his head, arm, back and leg. It took a while for him to recover but this did not deter him from being who he is as a kid. Even though little Harris had some physical problems he came out strong and was striving.
Where is Milky Harris From?
Milky is an Essex boy born in Canvey Island. He is an original blond Essex boy. This is what he refers to himself as when asked where he was born.
Milky Bar Kid Adverts
People generally knew about the Milky Bar Adverts around the year 1960’s. During the time when one of the milky bar kid ad came on telly. The second milky bar kid came on also and people would say that little Harris looks like the first milky bar kid. As they were similar in appearance.
Harris Joins The World Of The Milky Bar Kids
Around 1964 when the second milky bar kid was 7 or 8. The original milky bar kid sister came along to a wedding. Little Harris was there and he was photographed for something else at the wedding. The sister must have known that her brother was getting too old to do the Milk bar Kid adverts. And on be known, the company who does the ad where looking for new kid to do the new milky bar kid ads.
The company then reached out to little Harris parents and they said well “bring your kid down to London” to come for a series of interviews. They had a few kids and Milky Harris had the interview and was given the advert. When the advert was done and his parents were contacted overtime. The advert went on for couple of years and again little Harris was also getting too old to do the adverts as there is a age cut off. And then they were looking for a new kid to carry on the next advert.
Milky Harris and the Heightened Fame
Note that, during this period milky was going to school and they recognised him and everyone would say “oh look he is the milky bar kid”. Then his name got shorten by his choice and Milky Harris came to love the name at the age of 15 to 17 now as a teenager. Everyone in the area knew him as Milky. He then joined the rugby team as he has a natural stature and strength to compete with the big boys and he was called Milky Harris most of the time.
Moving Through Time With Milky Harris
55 years on and the name stuck permanently more than he likes he’s own name.
He got married in 1979. Milky was 22 at the time. Sadly, he’s mum at the of 49 had cancer and she amazingly carried on for 8 to 10 months and in he’s word “Mum passed at April 1979” and she was only 51 years of age.
Milky Met His First Wife and….
He met Hayley his first wife and went on to have two beautiful children. His first daughter brooke was born 1982 and Riane was born 1984. He was very happy he had his two kids and his wife. Milky was content and wanted to live the family life. Hayley after a few years could not stay in the marriage and decided to leave the marriage and left Milky Harris in the full custody of his children.
He had full custody of his 2 girls. This was very sad for him and on top of this pain he also had to look after his 2 children on his own with no help.
Then tragedy struck on June the 3rd 1987, Riane had run across the road and was knocked down by a car and died in her fathers arms. This broke Milky also, seeing his youngest daughter life slip away in front of him. During, this time he still had custody of his first daughter Brooke. He had to find the strength to look after his daughter and himself.
As Brooke got older, naturally as teenagers do there were clash in communicating with each other and things were tricky and hard and they fell out.
As she got older they mend the bridges and when Brooke was 17 she left the home permanently and was lodging with people. At this point this made milky to go out more and travel around the world.
In 1999 he traveled to Vancouver in Canada and got a cheap flight and stayed in a hostel. On the same trip he went to Alaska. He loved the experience so much he was hooked to travelling. For the next couple of years he traveled as much as he could and he would do different jobs to save money and travel. Brooke was getting older and she was living on her own.
He traveled to Antarctica, Greenland, Newzealand, Columbia, Peru, all over Europe, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, a lot of places.
2nd Chance or Not
In 2004 he did a cruise from Kenya to Madagascar and the say sheels. He met a Filipino lady called Violy. They got on really well and in hindsight perhaps married Violy too soon. 6 months of meeting her and he got married in the Philippines. She came to England to live with Milky. Sadly, the marriage broke down in 2013.
The Rabbit Hole of Mental Breakdown
At this point he was very depressed. He was very suicidal and had to go to a mental health hospital to be checked in 2013 and had severe depression and anxiety. This period of his life was absolutely terrible. Violy had left the marriage. Brooke was living her own life which left Milky on his own.
He met some wonderful people while he spent 6 months in mental hospital. He was discharged, but was still quite low. He had different help from people to cope and this slowly but surely gave him a different outlook on his life. This journey helped him to get to where he is today. He resolved his divorce issue with Violy in 2016. During this period his dad passed in 2016 he was aged 87 years old which he considered a good age.
His first daughter was living in Nottingham at the time. Even though he was very low, he decided to start travelling again which helped him massively. He visited many countries like Ethiopia and more. He was traveling as much as he can. He has traveled to over 160 countries and all 7 continents including Antarctica. A few years ago his daughter who was told could not have kids, gave birth to her son in January 2020 who is now Milky’s grandson. Perhaps, for the future he could be the new milky bar kid.
Milky is still under the radar of the mental health team, but has never giving up. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel if you keep pushing.
The reason that he is telling this story is to help people of mental health and severe problems. He wants you to take away that we can still live our life. He wants he’s story to inspire people.
Milky Harris The Artist Bond With Passion
Milky Harris is a man of many talents such as a well known and reasonable artist. He has done so for many years. Milky has done many drawings for people, some he was paid for it and now he does it for free. He likes to see the joy in people’s faces and that for him is rewarding enough.
Drawing is Milky’s way of showing empathy and passion as a person. He still draws every now and then till today.
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