A washing machine bought from a German department store in 1978, and brought back to North Yorkshire by its owners when they returned to the UK three years later, is still giving faithful service.
The Northern Echo reported how Barry and Gillian Hallam, of Stokesley had the German-made Miele machine installed in their new home on their return.
They even left it there between 1993 and 2000, when Barry's work took him abroad, and the couple rented out their property, in which time it had four different sets of tenants.
"Even though [they] used it for so many years it never failed them either – and two of the families had children," Barry told the newspaper.
Now Barry and Gillian are using the machine again themselves, and say that although a number of hoses have been replaced, it ran faultlessly while they were bringing up their four children, and doing up to five loads of washing a day.
Miele marketing director, Dominic Worsley, said: "We don't know of any other appliances this old and still being used on a daily basis, but we're hopeful it won't be having a midlife crisis any time soon."