HOME-MAKERS with a love of unusual furniture now have the chance to buy a set made entirely from beer barrels.
The items were hand-crafted by engineer Terry Brooking in the 1970s as a money-making exercise. At that time he was living in South Africa with his then girlfriend Marilyn - now Mrs Marilyn Steph-
enson, of Meltham.
The furniture comprises a coffee table, four chairs, a fish tank and, more appropriately, a huge drinks cabinet for bottles and glasses.
Terry died eight years ago, leaving the furniture to his and Marilyn's son, Clinton.
Marilyn, who married John Stephenson 20 years ago, moved to Hambledon Avenue in Meltham, about seven years ago.
She had helped fashion the items with Terry but because they took so much time and effort to make, they were too costly to mass produce and now survive simply as curios.
"He made one set hoping to sell it and make his fortune," said Mr Stephenson.
The couple hope the sale will raise as much as £1,000 for Clinton, but have not fixed a price.
"It's functional and well designed and sturdy. It won't break, that's for sure," said Mr Stephenson.
Marilyn added: "A lot of tender loving care went into making them.
"You'll either like it and want it, but need an awfully large house.
"There's a lot of fond memories attached to them but I think the time is right for them to go to a better home."
Anyone interested can ring the Stephensons on 07733 055531.