Bridlington, September 26, 1984: A carthorse called Royal was due to make its last round delivering coal on September 27, bringing to an end a 100 year old business.
Stephen Nicholls, 49, of Mill Hill, Bridlington, whose family has been delivering fuel by horse and cart since 1870, has sold the business to a Rotherham-based firm, Ian Randall, which said it would deliver the black stuff by lorry instead.
Royal ended up having a remarkable career change, as a result of the sale of the business. The ten year old gelding ended up as a wedding carriage horse ferrying brides to church in style, as well as on time.
Mr Nicholls humorously commented: “He seems to prefer confetti to the coal dust.”