Mrs Ethel Marshwarbler is 92 years old and lives in Cromer, Norfolk. She is the proud owner of a fridge, which has been certified as the UK's oldest, continuously working domestic appliance.
The fridge, a Frigidaire D30 model, was made by General Motors in 1935. Being made by GM, the fridge is, naturally, powered by a 5.7 litre V8 engine, which consumes 8 gallons of petrol for every kilogram of peas which are chilled. However, due to its age, and the inherent inefficiency of most things that were once built by GM, the fridge only manages to chill things to a few degrees below room temperature.
Mrs Marshwarbler is proud of her fridge and has no plans to replace it with a modern, more economical and efficient model. She said, "That fridge has served me well. It has outlived my three husbands, who all, somewhat oddly, died from either salmonella or botchulinum poisoning. I know it's noisy and I sometimes can't hear the TV over the sound of it. It's also a bit expensive to run. But it has only broken down once and the AA were here in no time to fix it. Next year I'm going to have it converted to diesel so I can make my own bio diesel with the used vegetable oil from the local fish & chip shop".