City firm brings in the strong arm of the door

Graham Hicks, who has been hired by a Preston security firm
Graham Hicks, who has been hired by a Preston security firm
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Here’s a bouncer you do not want to answer back to.

Britain’s strongest man, Graham Hicks, has been signed up to work the doors for a Preston security firm.

UK Protection Services (UKPS) has hired the 25-year-old, who lives in the Westgate area of Morecambe, to work on its security staff at a popular boxing night in the Lancashire resort and a number of pubs and clubs in neighbouring Lancaster.

He has taken on the work alongside his day job working to the state-of-the-art Eurofighter Typhoon jet at BAE Systems’ base at Warton, near Preston, to help him with his biggest financial hurdle - his appetite.

Graham said: “I eat a lot with my training regime and I need to keep feeding myself, so I need a second job.

“I have done the doors for a while and then Shaune (Ashworth, managing director at UKPS) asked me to come and work for him doing the same kind of thing.

“There is a lot of travelling involved in competing and it all costs money, so Shaune has said he is going to try and help me out with some sponsorship as well.”

Despite his 17-stone frame and reputation for pulling trees and 15-tonne lorries, flipping cars and dead-lifting vans, he has never had any trouble while working on the doors.

The muscleman said: “I stopped doing the doors for a while so that I could focus on my training and when I came back I thought a couple of people might see me and have a go.

“A lot more people are interested in what I do when they recognise me and just want to have a chat about that, which is fine.”

In July, he was crowned England’s premier strongman at a championship in Dumbarton, Scotland and now he is aiming to keep on top of his game.

His new boss, Shaune Ashworth, wants to help his new recruit with his punishing five-times-a-week training schedule which also includes a diet of five chicken breasts a day.

He said: “Graham’s such a nice lad, I was introduced to him a few months ago and I’ve managed to convince him to come back and work for us.

“He’s got a great temperament and is just a really nice, genuine lad that gets along with everyone.

“We are going to help him out with a bit of sponsorship on top of his wages and I am hoping to convince a couple of other people to help him out with some sponsorship.”

Anyone interested in sponsoring Graham, can contact UKPS on 01772 828364.