Rachel and Sydney Saunders are selling their first washing machine and drier

The washing machine has a slight leak but all the other appliances are in working order, which is some feat considering they are more than half a century old.

Sydney and Rachel Saunders, 83 and 81, have finally decided to have a clear-out but want their tumble dryer, boiler, cooker and washing machine, which date back to 1956, to go to a good home — possibly even a museum — rather than a rubbish tip.