UK family’s ‘coolest’ fridge still works after 63 years!

November 8th, 2010 - 3:11 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Nov 8 (ANI): An English electric appliance bought six decade ago by a family is now believed to be the oldest continuously working fridge in the country.

The fridge, which George and Ivy Ashley bought in 1947, as the country enters another era of austerity, is still working as well as ever.

It has served the family so well that, apart from the occasional replacement bulbs for the internal light, it has never needed repairs.

Over the years, three generations of Ashleys have relied on the fridge. Food fashions may have changed, but its temperature-controlled chamber has proved a constant in their lives.

The fridge’s current owner is Don Ashley, 68, the son of George and Ivy.

“The fridge is now in an outbuilding at the home because it had a noisy motor but otherwise I’ve no complaints,” the Telegraph quoted Ashley as saying.

For Ashley-a retired farmer of Cockshutt, Shropshire- the fridge harks back to a forgotten era when Britain manufactured its own consumer durables, and built them to last.

“My father bought it in 1947 and it’s been going every day. It’s never once stopped or needed repairing apart from the odd bulb going. The number of hours it has been going for must be incredible,” he said. (ANI)

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