UK"s oldest toaster: wedding gift going strong after 60 years


The toaster that has lasted as long as the marriage… SIXTY years and still going strong

They believe their toaster is the oldest in Britain.

And Fred and Joan Horley have no problem remembering just how old their appliance is.

The Morphy Richards device was a gift for their wedding which took place on May 23, 1953, and has been going strong ever since.

Fred and Joan Horley received the Morphy Richards device as a wedding gift on May 23 1953

Fred and Joan Horley received the Morphy Richards device as a wedding gift on May 23 1953

The couple believe the toaster, which was made in the same year as the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, cost around 20. Despite three house moves, they've never had to replace it.

While they have gone though a dozen electric kettles, the chrome-sided toaster continues to turn out the 'perfect toast'.

Both use margarine, instead of butter on their bread. However Joan opts for ginger jam while Fred prefers a thin layer of Seville orange marmalade.

Delighted with his kitchen appliance, Fred, 80, from Glenholt, Devon said: 'We have gone through a dozen electric kettles in that time but the toaster is as good as new.

HISTORY OF THE TOASTER
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The chrome-sided toaster continues to turn out the 'perfect toast'

As well as Elizabeth II’s coronation, the Horley’s toaster – which has ‘Made in Peterborough’ stamped on the base – is the same age as politicians Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson, and actress Victoria Wood.

A spokesperson at Morphy Richards, said: 'We’re really pleased to hear that Fred and Joan’s Morphy Richards toaster is still serving them well after so many years.

'Looking back through our product range, the toaster was a top of the range model back then.

'We often hear from customers who have had similar experiences with their Morphy appliances lasting them for many decades, it’s great to hear.

'We celebrated our 75th Anniversary last year and pride ourselves on the fact that we provide good value, quality products.'

Joan and Fred Horley pictured outside Chorley parish church on their wedding day, on May 23 1953

Joan and Fred Horley pictured outside Chorley parish church on their wedding day, on May 23 1953