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Giant Vending Machine Replaces Village Shop
A giant vending machine selling eggs, milk and essentials has been built in a village after no one could be found to run the local shop.
It sells 80 products, including washing powder, shampoo, shower gel, cereal, and, of course, tea.
Standing in the car park of the local pub, the Cock Inn, in the Derbyshire village of Clifton, the machine has already been a great success.
It takes cards and cash and was designed by electrical engineer Peter Fox, who lives just a few miles away in Ashborne.
He has built in security measures, including cameras, and is able to monitor stock levels remotely.
Mr Fox said: "They (local people) think it's great fun and that the prices are reasonable. Everyone has been very supportive.
"I thought of the idea because I used to live in a small village myself and (the shop) had closed by the time I got back from work.
"I used to think 'wouldn't it be great if there was a big vending machine'."
Clifton lost its shop 10 years ago. Andrew Garside, landlord of the Cock Inn, said: "It closed down because the people retired and no-one else took it on.
"Peter had the idea for the "automated shop" a while ago. It's an absolutely amazing bit of kit.
"All the basics are in there, from toothpaste, eggs, milk, bread, soup. It's gone down extremely well with villagers and people from the local area already."