It's so ancient, rationing was still in place when she first bought it as a newlywed; now the 92-year-old is finally getting rid
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Could this be Britain's oldest working cooker?
Ida Stevely is finally parting with her beloved Belling oven, which was her first buy as a newlywed - 67 YEARS ago.
It's so ancient, rationing was still in place in England when she and her late husband Bob first bought it.
Her antique appliance has served the 92-year-old well over the years, as she and Bob raised the family at their Acklam home.
It might have tripped the electricity "a few times" - yet is has stayed in perfect working order.
A modern marvel in its heyday, the cooker is confounding the carers on their daily visits after they admitted they're not really sure how to work it.
Daughter-in-law Elza Stevely said: "Ida only ever used this cooker, while raising her family.
"The carers aren’t quite used to working with such an antique model, so we are finally getting rid of it.
"It's that whole ethos of make do and mend - I've always known her to be like that.
"You don't have to teach an older person about reduce, reuse, recycle.
"They lived like that long before they became buzz words."
Ida was born in 1928 and grew up in Eston, she married Bob and the couple lived in Linthorpe Village before moving to Acklam.
She worked for the water board and the council in Middlesbrough, in the accounts departments.
She added: "Ida made meals using rations on the cooker at first which is mind-blowing."
"She had two kids, it must have been really modern and wonderful when she first got it.
"But as the years passed, she just wasn't tempted to get something more modern.
"We've been saying for years she should get something new, but she wouldn't have it.
"She hasn't got much of her memory left now.
"But she always used to bake lovely scones when she knew I was coming over, right up until her late 80s, they were her signature.
"I rang the company - Belling - to tell them about it," says Elza.
"The automated system said 'press two if the appliance is still under warranty' - which made me laugh.
"We hate the thought of it going to landfill, or going to waste."
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