A man from Petts Wood claims to have Britain's oldest working iron, which is still going flat out after 80 years.

Chris West's grandmother Ivy snapped up the Morphy Richards Senior appliance in the early 1940s for 41 schillings - around £35 in today's money.

She gifted it to him as a housewarming present when he moved into his first flat in the 1980s.

It has worked flawlessly, and Chris and his family still use it on a regular basis.

This Is Local London: The old iron, Chris West's grandmother Ivy (SWNS)The old iron, Chris West's grandmother Ivy (SWNS)

Chris, 56, entered an online competition to find the country's oldest working iron and was stunned to discover he had won.

He 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.”

The Senior iron was launched in 1938 and was the first to have a pilot light to indicate when the temperature was right for different fabrics.

The competition was run by Morphy Richards to mark its 85th anniversary this year.

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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