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Ulster inventor Cairns scores on the double with door lifting aid

A Co Tyrone man is celebrating after winning two awards for an invention which he says can help reduce labour costs for contractors.

Laurence Cairns from Ballygawley, who manufactures and installs gates and has worked in engineering for more than 30 years, came up with a device called the 'Dorlifta' which assists door hanging by lifting a door by just the right amount and holding it in position so only one person can do a job that normally requires two.

Selling for £20 each, the idea won platinum in the British Invention of the Year category and a gold in the Industry category, beating off competition from competitors from all over the world.

"I was very pleased to win the award," he said.

"I have been working in engineering and metal fabrication for many years and have always tinkered away with ideas at the same time," he said.

"There are ideas I have had for years and put them in a drawer and forgot about them, and others like the Dorlifta which have done really well.

"I am a big fan of exhibition and invention shows so it was great to pick up this prize."

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The prestigious annual awards ceremony that honours inventors is organised by the British Inventors Society Board.