THE Vespa scooter was celebrating its 50th birthday in 1996 and to mark the occasion Martin Crooks, of Barrow’s Crooks Suzuki, took two modern day machines to the Lakeland Motor Museum at Holker Hall.

The Mail, on Tuesday, September 24, in 1996, noted: “There they were introduced to an older version of the scooter.

“The 1963 Vespa Sportique once belonged to Princess Margaret and is now permanently on display at the museum.”

Mr Crooks was able to compare old and new versions of the Vespa with museum manager Edwin Maher.

The museum is now based at the former Backbarrow Blue Works, near Newby Bridge.

This site once made ultramarine blue washing products which were sold all over the world.