Man whose iron was bought in 1940s claims it is STILL working

Man whose iron was bought in 1940s claims it is STILL working
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A man whose grandmother gifted him with an iron from the early 1940s as a housewarming present has claimed the appliance is still in working order 80 years later.

Chris West, 56, from Petts Wood, south east London, who claims to have Britain’s oldest working iron, was given the Morphy Richards Senior iron by his grandmother Ivy Sutton when he moved into his first flat in the 1980s.

The appliance was purchased in the early 1940s for 41 schillings – around £35 in today’s money – and has worked flawlessly for decades, Mr West claims.

After entering an online competition to find the country’s oldest working iron, Mr West also said he was stunned to discover he had won

Mr West, who still uses the iron on a regular basis, said: ‘My grandmother Ivy Sutton gave the iron to me when I bought my first flat back in the 80s as a moving in present. 

‘It’s great that it’s still in the family after all these years.

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‘It’s a strange coincidence that I live very close to where the Morphy Richards factory was in Orpington in the old days too!’

He added: ‘It’s incredible news that I’ve won – this is the first online completion I have ever entered, and I’m thrilled.’

The Senior iron was launched in 1938 and was the first of its kind to have a pilot light which indicated when the temperature was right for different fabrics.

The online competition for Britain’s oldest iron was run by Morphy Richards to mark their 85th anniversary this year.

The British company, which specialises in irons, hair dryers, toasters, kettles and other electrical appliances, was founded by Donal Morphy and Charles Richards during the 1930s. 

In July 1936, they registered their new enterprises as a private company manufacturing and dealing in electrical, gas, radio and television equipment. 

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During the Second World War, the company was given a government contract to produce aircraft components before going on to launch as a public company in 1947.

By the 1950s, Morphy Richards irons featured bevelled soleplates, heat control and comfortable grips.

Andreas Fredriksson, Category Director Home at Morphy Richards, said: ‘During our 85 years we’ve strived to create ground-breaking products that stand the test of time, and it’s been great to hear Chris’ story and to know his grandmother’s iron is still going strong after all these years, highlighting a fascinating piece of Morphy Richards history.

‘Morphy Richards has certainly grown since starting as a small independent business back in 1936, but our ethos of creating reliable products lives on, and we’re proud to have been part of people’s homes for 85 years.’

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