It wasn't the most comfortable journey for this bed-ridden patient, but at least it raised money for charity.

This was one of the groups which took part in the Witney Senior Young Farmers’ Club bed-push from the Old Swan pub at Minster Lovell to Witney town centre in 1981.

The event raised more than £400 for the Springfield home for the mentally handicapped at Witney – and this float made it clear there were better beds than this one on sale at the Witney store of Wesley-Barrell.

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Now part of the AA Hotel Group of the Year 2017-18, the Old Swan is nestled in 65 acres of idyllic grounds in the picturesque village.

The 15th century English inn blends the rural charm of its historic setting with contemporary design, luxurious comfort and delicious menus.

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