British housewares manufacturer Dualit recently launched a competition to find its oldest working toaster to celebrate its 70th anniversary.
The winning toaster was hand-built in the UK in 1973 by Dualit’s factory foreman at the time and is owned by the Ruddick family based in Hampshire. A fully working model, the toaster’s history goes back three generations to when it was used by Mr Ruddick’s grandmother in her B&B in Southampton, Hampshire. It was then passed on to his father in 1989 to use in the home, and was passed to Mr Ruddick in 1993 where it is still used by the family of six to make breakfast every day.
The Ruddick family win a prize of a Dualit Classic Kettle, Hand Mixer, Hand Blender Set, Blender, Coffee Machine, Milk Frother, a selection of coffee and tea capsules, as well as a limited edition 70th Anniversary, two-slot Classic Toaster, which is just one of just 70 available.
The competition saw entries from almost every continent across the world, spanning from the UK to Australia. Dualit said it regularly hears from customers who have had their Dualit toaster for years, with many received as wedding gifts, passed down through generations or achieving years of service in cafes, B&Bs and restaurants.
Founded by Max Gort-Barten (CBE) in 1945, Dualit remains an independently owned, third generation family business.