Brid building firm comes to the aid of TV show

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NOT too many new companies would welcome appearing on a TV show called Cowboy Builders.

But for Bridlington firm ARK Total Solutions it is an offer they can’t refuse.

Channel Five want them to play the good guys who put right the work of a cowboy builder and as one of the firm’s directors Ryan Linley, 20, explained: “It’s great news for a local Bridlington business to be a part of a national television programme and we jumped at the chance to get involved.

“It all came out of the blue, I had a missed call on my mobile from this guy saying that he was from Cowboy Builders and that they wanted our help for one of their programmes.

“At first I laughed and asked which of the guys had left the message because I thought it was a bit of a wind-up.

“Even when I went to call him back, I was still half expecting it to be a joke, but obviously it wasn’t and we’re start filming on September 1.”

The TV company want Ryan and his team to resurface the driveway of a home in Wolverhampton which has started to crack after a new extension was built over part of it without proper foundations.

ARK, who are based in Providence Place, Bridlington, will be using their own unique bonded ‘rubbercrumb’ porous material which is a firm hard surface but allows water to permeate through and isn’t affected be freezing winter weather down to a maximum of -10 degrees.

Ryan said that they are yet to decide who out of the nine-strong workforce will get their five minutes of fame - and the chance to meet the programme’s presenter, former glamour model Melinda Messenger.

“It’s quite funny because we have two brothers working for us who are arguing about which one gets to go and meet Melinda Messenger,” he said.

“I used to be a doorman so I’m used to meeting celebrities and I’m not getting overly excited about meeting her, but I am looking forward to it all,” said Ryan, who admitted to feeling ‘a bit nervous’ about his time in the spotlight.

“It’s not a massive job, we’ve had bigger and it’s the kind of thing we can do with our eyes closed, but it is a different story when you have a camera in your face!

“I’m taking an extra man down just to make sure we get everything done on time and we’re just hoping it all goes smoothly,” he said.

Filming started last week and Ryan and his team will join in today.

They expect their part in the filming to take up to three days and the programme, which shows on Channel Five on Thursday nights should be on our screens soon.