Plea for help as Herriot TV car shows its age...

IT HAS given thousands of people a taste of what life would have been like for James Herriot on his veterinary rounds throughout the Yorkshire Dales.

But now a 73-year-old Austin Seven car, which made an appearance in 41 episodes of the BBC's much loved series All Creatures Great and Small, is in desperate need of renovation.

The 1934 Open Road Tourer has been on display at the World of James Herriot centre in Thirsk for the past seven years.

But the constant clambering in and out of visitors has taken its toll and museum managers are now searching for volunteers to help restore the car.

Centre manager Sue Dalton said: "In that seven years, thousands of people have climbed board and imagined what it would be like to be James Herriot driving through the Dales in our little blue car.

"And while that is what she is there for, she is now suffering for it. Her bodywork needs some attention as does the upholstery.

"We are looking for a volunteer, or group of enthusiasts, who might like to come along to the centre and give our old lady the care she deserves."

The car, which has its original registration plate AJO 71, has been on permanent display in the museum since 2000.

Anyone interested in helping can call the World of James Herriot on 01845 524234.