Treasures found in a Preston storage centre are set to be revealed on the latest series of hit reality show Storage Hunters UK.
American television stars Jesse McClure and Sean Kelly descended on the Army Ants Removal site in Mercer Street, Fishwick, in December, and their exploits will be screened on Dave on June 16.
The idea behind the show is that bargain-hunters bid for goods found in abandoned lockers, but they are only allowed to view the lots at the last minute and at a distance.
Army Ants boss Anthony Walmsley said: “We were one of only 10 storage businesses in the country to be contacted to take part, I think because we’ve got a massive Twitter following. We had to contact our 600 storage customers asking them not to come in for two days while filming was taking place, and then we locked the gates and about 40 members of the TV crew moved in.
“The contract we have with customers is that if rent is not kept up with, after 56 days the contents our ours to dispose of. We get all sorts of things stored here, so before filming started our staff checked the lockers to make sure there was nothing dodgy in them, but it really was a mystery what people found - it will all be revealed on screen next month.”
Anthony added: “I think it’s really great for Preston to have big TV stars like Sean and Jesse in the city, and for us to feature on such a popular show. It’ll definitely be good for business and it’s exciting for local residents too. People always say nothing interesting happens here.”
Sean Kelly said: “I am enjoying my time in the UK. Meeting fans out on the street and at events has been great.The UK fans are way better than the US fans. The UK bidders are for some reason far more annoying than the US and I am not sure how that is possible!
“I was expecting the UK bidders to be polite and calm; instead they are loud, aggressive and a bit annoying. But as along as they spend their money foolishly, I am happy.
“I have a high tolerance for stupidity if money is at stake. In fact, I encourage irrational behaviour at my auctions. I believe you call it ‘winding people up’.
“Highly emotional people make bad business decisions that tend to go in my favour.”
We were one of only 10 storage businesses in the country to be contacted to take part, I think because we’ve got a massive Twitter following.Anthony Walmsley