Hairy biker turns builder

Hairy Biker Dave Myers.
Hairy Biker Dave Myers.
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Hairy Biker Dave Myers is swapping his chef’s hat for a hard hat for his new series. Catherine Scott speaks to him.

He might be best known as one half of cooking double act The Hairy Bikers but Dave Myers can be found more among bulding sites than kitchens for his new series.

Dubbed the Hairy Builder, Dave follows Britain’s oldest masonry company York based William Anelay as they fight to restore and preserve some of the country’s oldest, most prestigious and architecturally complex large buildings.

“I studied history of art at post graduate level and its has always fascinated me,” says Dave. “I love getting my hands dirty.”

Which is just as well as this history lover turned make up artist turned celebrity chef will be working as apprentice to William Anelay’s as they quite literally peeling back the layers – floors, ceilings, walls, windows and doors – of some of our most important stately homes, cathedrals and listed buildings, in a quest to investigate the dramas and secrets hidden inside their architectural DNA.

“We will be looking at the hisotry of these amazing buildings and at the skilled craftsmenship of some of these guys. William Anelay is working on 32 conservation projects around the country and we are taking a look a them.”

The conservation projects will all be at different stages of work, but whatever the stage, Dave will learn skills with the builders on site and consult with local experts to expose secret stories that even the professional tour guides don’t know about.

Dave will go a step further. Whilst the ongoing conservation work takes place he will also investigate the myriad of stories connected to these amazing buildings – the landscape and local geography, the people who built, lived and worked in them and what they did.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for me to learn some new hands-on skills and unravel the mysteries of some of the greatest buildings in the country’s heritage.  I am very excited and proud to be part of it.”

At the moment he is filming in and around Yorkshire looking at projects at the Mansion ouse in Doncaster, Pontefract Castle, Bradfod Civic Hall and Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire.

“The buildings have amazing stories to tell us,” says Dave, who is leaving side-kick and felllow hairy Biker Smon King.

“Si was more than happy for me to go off and do something on my own. We are working on some projects at the same time and so I am telling him all about it,”says Dave,

“I did Strictly which was the first thing I had done on my own, but I think it does us both good. Si has his own solo projects in the pipeline and we are doing another series of Hairy Bikers next year.”
It is more than ten years since the hiary Bikes hit our screens with their down to earth cooking and presenting style.

“We seem to be proving more popular every year,” says Dave. “I think it is down to our honesty and that’s important to us.”