Comedian sieves through a riddle

NEW SERIES: Damien Bramhall and Jason Sollinger from Hill and Sons (NW) Ltd with Ade Edmondson during filming. Photo contributed.
NEW SERIES: Damien Bramhall and Jason Sollinger from Hill and Sons (NW) Ltd with Ade Edmondson during filming. Photo contributed.
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A High Peak firm looks set to be featured in Adrian Edmondson’s series called Ade in Britain.

The series looks at traditional crafts and visited Hill and Sons (NW) Ltd to see the riddle and sieves they create.

Damien Bramhall, from the firm said: “Ade had a go but I think we would have been there all day if he tried to complete one from start to finish.”

The ITV film crew and Ade were also interested to hear how the traditional craft was nearly lost in 2009 when Mike Turnock was looking to retire after more than 30 years of making traditional beechwood garden products.

Mike was interviewed and explained how he was able to pass on the tradition to Damien who took over the business in 2010.

Jason Sollinger became a partner in the business soon after.

They explained how they have introduced new products to the range, making use of scrap beechwood, and how their products are now stocked by the RHS and Blenhiem Palace.

They are also starting to export to the US with firm Williams-Sonoma looking to sell items in their 250+ stores across the USA.

To meet the growing demand Phil Garrod joined the team in January, and within the last few weeks they have taken on Ben Winter.

Ben has joined the firm via a government scheme where employers take on someone between the ages of 18-24 to train and learn a skill. In return the firm receives a bursary towards Ben’s wages for the first six months.

Damien said: “Both Phil and Ben have enabled us to grow at an unprecedented rate during what has now become a double dip recession – a great British success story, in a year where the GREAT has been put back in to Britain.”