Firm boss is star of Homes un­der the Ham­mer

Rossendale Free Press - - Front Page - JON MACPHER­SON jon.macpher­[email protected] @JonMacMEN

‘We knew it needed a lot of work do­ing’

AVALLEY prop­erty is set to fea­ture on TV se­ries Homes Un­der The Ham­mer after be­ing trans­formed with a £40,000 make-over.

Michelle Proc­ter, who runs her own in­de­pen­dent fi­nan­cial ser­vices busi­ness, snapped up a for­mer beauty salon on Newchurch Road in Stack­steads after at­tend­ing an auc­tion in Jan­uary.

The build­ing has been lov­ingly re­stored by Michelle’s part­ner Chris Dal­ton and fa­ther Jack Proc­ter over the last eight months and Michelle and her staff moved into the premises ear­lier this month.

The project has been filmed by the pop­u­lar BBC se­ries Homes Un­der The Ham­mer with pre­sen­ter and for­mer Eng­land foot­baller Dion Dublin vis­it­ing the premises.

Michelle, from Rawten­stall, pre­vi­ously ran her busi­ness at King Ge­orge Cham­bers in Bacup for eight years and has worked in fi­nan­cial ser­vices for 23 years.

She told the Free Press: “I bought the prop­erty at auc­tion and while I was there they were film­ing for Homes Un­der the Ham- mer. They asked me once I had won it what would I be us­ing it for and they asked if they could take it to film.

“I was very sur­prised. I was think­ing ‘oh my word’. Do I do it or not do it? If it had been a two-up twodown prop­erty then I prob­a­bly wouldn’t have agreed to it but it’s my busi­ness and it’s been nice ad­ver­tis­ing for me.

“Dion was a lovely guy. He was re­ally bub­bly and my­self and my dad at ease. I took my dad be­cause my part­ner was work­ing.”

Michelle, who is orig­i­nally from Stack­steads, bought the prop­erty for £38,000 and spent more than £40,000 on the trans­for­ma­tion - around £10,000 over bud­get.

How­ever she said she has been de­lighted with the re­sults.

Michelle said: “We knew it needed a lot of work do­ing. We needed a new roof but what we didn’t know un­til the ceil­ings were dropped that there was a mas­sive hole in the roof and wa­ter had been com­ing in over quite a pe­riod of time. Ev­ery­thing was wet through.

“I am ex­tremely grate­ful to the help off my dad and Chris and I’m thrilled to bits with the end project. It’s just what I wanted.”

The build­ing now in­cludes an open-plan of­fice space, pri­vate in­ter­view rooms, a wait­ing area, fully-fit­ted kitchen and a bath­room.

The pro­gramme will be aired on the BBC in the next six months.

●● Michelle Proc­ter and staff at the trans­formed build­ing

●● The in­te­rior after the TV trans­for­ma­tion

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