UK’s oldest working Morphy Richards appliance discovered

A vintage wartime iron that’s still going strong after 80 years has been named the country’s oldest working Morphy Richards appliance.

Ivy Sutton, the grandmother of Chris West, 56, picked up her stalwart clothes presser in the 1940s for 41 shillings, a hefty price tag at a time when materials were in short supply.

But the original Senior iron turned out to be a bargain buy, becoming a family heirloom when Ivy gifted it to her grandson as a housewarming present when he moved into his first flat in the 1980s.

Mr West, from Petts Wood in south-east London, contacted Morphy Richards after the leading home appliances brand launched a nationwide hunt for the oldest working appliance to mark its 85th anniversary.

Mr West, 56 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.

“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.”

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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