THERE is an outbreak of controversy among our old car spotters regarding the splendid “wide-eye” image of Thirsk town centre in 1965 that we featured a couple of weeks ago.

On the one hand, Dawn Clark of Thirsk and Tony Tomalin-Reeves of Easingwold thought that the black car beside the town clock was a fairly bog standard Ford Popular, made in Dagenham in the 1950s.

But on the other hand, Derek Noble in Hutton Rudby said: “It would seem that this car might be a rare foreign visitor to Thirsk market place because, I think, it is a Citroen Light Fifteen made, in France, in the early 1950s. Its bigger sister, the Big 15, was made famous by featuring in the 1960s Maigret detective TV series.”

Derek’s outlandish view was backed up by Geoff Dougherty who identified the vehicle as a Citroen Big 15.

Although most Citroens were built in France, some right wheel drive versions were built in Slough, so it could it have been one of those?