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Ooh Marina! Last of the Summer Wine tart with a heart sells bike she and Howard used for liasons - but don't tell Pearl

Ooh Marina! Last of the Summer Wine tart with a heart sells bike she and Howard used for liasons - but don't tell Pearl

 

An iconic piece of Last of the Summer Wine history has been auctioned off to the highest bidder.

A vintage bicycle, used by character Marina in the long running BBC series, has been sold for £500.

The 1950s Phoenix bicycle was retained by actress Jean Fergusson after she left the show.

It was used during filming on the roads of the Holme Valley between 1984 and the mid-1990s and was signed by the cast and crew upon its retirement.

Miss Fergusson said: “This was my very first bike and has been in many episodes of the show and obviously it’s got quite a lot of sentimental attachment for me.

Marina's bicycle from Last of the Summer Wine was sold for £500 at auction. The bike was owned by actress Jean Fergusson, who played Marina in the popular BBC show
 

“It was by pure chance they gave it to me when they got a new bike for the show in the mid-1990s.

“I put it in my hatchback and everyone came over to sign it like Bill Owen and Brian Wilde who are now dead and Ron Moody who was in an episode of the show at the time. It set off a chain reaction!

“I was going to make a feature of it in my hallway or living room but it’s a bit big, so it’s been hanging on a couple of hooks in the garage all that time.

“When I moved from Yorkshire in March, I had to do something about it because I couldn’t fit it into my new property in London.

“I feel sad to see it go as it’s been part of my life really.

“If I could have kept it, I would have done but I’ll let some wonderful fan have the pleasure of it.

“It still works but as a collectors’ item, it’s probably better for someone to keep it nice and shiny and hang it on their wall!”

Most of the episodes of Summer Wine featured the comedy duo Howard and Marina.

In the series, hen pecked husband Howard, who is married to Pearl, is having a secret romance with the peroxide blonde Marina behind his wife’s back.

Marina is seen as a ‘tart’ by the other women in the village and works in the local supermarket.

Howard often sneaks off to the supermarket to pass or receive notes from Marina or pesters his neighbour Clegg to help him escape Pearl and be with Marina.

Often the couple would ride off into the countryside on their bikes to be together, but their plans were usually foiled.

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