A GROUP of villagers have completed what they think is a world first – a trolley dash using an automated shop.
Clifton's Speedy Shop, the first machine of its kind to stock everyday items without the need for staff, was at the centre of a charity auction which raised £850 for community charities.
The Speedy Shop's inventor, Peter Fox, offered a prize for the auction of a £25 shopping spree from the vending machine and this was claimed by Bek Garside and Amy Land – barmaids at the village pub, the Cock Inn
The pair had to quickly dispense a set value of items from the automated shop in the car park of the pub.
Landlord Andrew Garside said: "The girls certainly did a good job. I hope they don't try and eat and drink it all at once.''
The girls chose loaded baskets with products from the machine's range of 90 lines, which include milk, bread and eggs.
Included among the products is a mini sweet shop, which made up part of the frantic automated shopping spree.
Mr Fox said: "I don't think anyone's ever done this before, it was like an electric trolley dash in an automated shop. I guess it was a bit of a first."
"The girls did really well, they both use the shop so they were pretty slick with the buttons and certainly knew what they were doing.
"They'd spent up in a couple of minutes."
Funds raised at the auction have been passed on to Clifton Cricket Club and Friends of the Cock Inn.
Since its launch in March, Mr Fox says the sales at the Speedy Shop have been strong and this summer a second shop was installed at the Miner's Arms in Brassington.
He has announced plans to add more machines to venues in the Ashbourne area, as well as new developments for the next few machines, which are made in Ashbourne.
The third machine is nearly finished and an agreement is about to be signed with a venue in the area, which has yet to be revealed.