The Hoover bought by a newlywed couple that's still going strong after 56 YEARS

  • Hoover was first item Gwen and Derek Trickett bought after they married
  • Vacuum cleaner cost £20 twice the average weekly wages in 1957

By Emily Davies

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Gwen Trickett with her 56-year-old Hoover Junior vacuum cleaner which she still uses to this day

Gwen Trickett with her 56-year-old Hoover Junior vacuum cleaner which she still uses to this day

Pensioner Gwen Trickett has cleaned up with the ancient vacuum cleaner she bought bought for a few pounds more than half a century ago.

Her blue and grey upright Hoover Junior is still going strong and has never let her down even after vacuuming her carpets thousands of times over the years.

Mrs Trickett, 77, bought a new plastic cleaner ten years ago but used it just once and dumped it in a corner before returning to trusty Hoover Junior.

It was the first household item that great grandmother Mrs Trickett and husband Derek, from Worsborough, Barnsley, bought when they were married in 1957.

And apart from replacing the wire flex she has had to buy just one new bag, while the ancient motor continues to power the Hoover on her twice weekly cleaning sessions.

The Hoover Junior would have cost Mrs Trickett £20 in the mid 1950s which was twice the average weekly wage at the time.

‘I must admit I like to get my wear out of things but I never thought it would last as long as this,' said Mrs Trickett, who celebrates her 56th wedding anniversary today.

‘We bought it from a local shop with back tax which was the income tax you got back if you were married before the end of the tax year.

‘I can't remember exactly how much we paid for it but there is not doubt we have had our moneysworth out of it and a lot more besides.

‘It's had a few knocks over the years and the paintwork is scratched but it's a metal body so it's solid. About ten years ago I bought a new plastic cleaner because I thought that my Hoover was bound to break down at any time but it never has.

 

‘It starts up every time and still has a lot of suction. My other cleaner just stands in the corner and is no where near as good.

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Pensioner Gwen Trickett did buy a new plastic vacuum cleaner but has abandoned it in favour of her old one

The Hoover Junior was the first household item bought by Gwen Trickett after she married her husband Derek

Reliable: The 56-year-old hoover's paintwork is scratched but it still has a lot of suction according to Gwen Trickett

Reliable: The 56-year-old hoover's paintwork is scratched but it still has a lot of suction according to Gwen Trickett

‘I wouldn't replace it for one of these new-fangled cleaners you see on TV that are like a rolling ball with a tube attached.

‘I have a son and a daughter, my daughter is a bit like me and will get her wear out of things but my son falls apart laughing because the cleaner is ancient and he thinks I ought to use the other one.’

Gwen added: ‘I hope I've got a few years left yet but I bet my Hoover will still be going when I'm gone.’


 

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The bearings in my washing machine packed up barely two weeks after the guarantee had run out. I'm sure there is a chip or something in things these days which makes them pack-up just after the guarantee has run out.

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The wife demanded a replacement for ours after she saw one in a museum - women

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Why is it that todays electrical items always seem to break down the day after the warantee runs out? Is there something in the chip?????

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Mine has just failed after a lot more than 56 years!

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Mine has just failed after a lot more than 56 years!

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.....and I thought I was doing well with my Dyson - so far it has lasted 13 years!

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My Grandma had a lightbulb in her bathroom that still worked after fourty years of being switched on and off It wastn' very bright but we were fascinated

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My Ironing board died last week after 28 years - tried to buy the same one but Beldray do not make Ironing Boards any more - lets see how long the new one lasts!

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I bought my Hoover in 1948, it's still in good working order, and is 100% better looking than Mrs.Trickett's battered one!

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Made to last, nothing lasts these days. I brought a used wet & dry hoover 16-17 years ago from an elderly couple, they had had it 10 years, it has only recently packed up. I go through1-2 kettles a year now. My 1st used washing machine (hotpoint) lasted 8 years with minor repairs, belt/brushes etc.

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