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Friday, 8 July 2011
THE ORANGE WONDER 1973
The Orange Wonder. In the early 1970s that hardy perennial 'Local Government Re-organisation' was in the air again. There was talk of a 'Super Council' incorporating the Mid-Cheshire towns and stretching all the way to Sale in what is now Greater Manchester, but, as we know, Middlewich eventually became incorporated into the 'District of Daneborough' which, by some municipal sleight-of-hand, was renamed the 'District of Congleton' at the last minute.
The old Middlewich UDC, in its final days, did something quite remarkable to its fleet of vehicles. The council's official livery had always been a rather dignified dark green but the council decided that, in the trendy 1970s, this was far too drab and, decided to go to the opposite extreme. Everything was painted orange and blue, including this dustcart which the dustmen promptly dubbed 'The Orange Wonder'.