Hairy Biker Dave Myers looks like he’s going to get more than his beard trimmed by his new gang of friends…

The TV chef is surrounded by all manner of spooks and ghouls at this charity fancy dress event at venerable York company William Anelay.

Dave has broken away from his Hairy Biker partner Si King to film a solo series with William Anelay. Founded in 1747 it is one of Britain’s oldest construction companies.

His new show, The Hairy Builder, sees him work alongside the specialist historical builders on their projects around the country.

‘Britain’s greatest buildings’

Dave filming an episode at Ampleforth Abbey. Photograph © Ampleforth Abbey on Twitter

Dave filming an episode at Ampleforth Abbey. Photograph © Ampleforth Abbey on Twitter

In the 15-part series, which will screen on BBC2, Dave becomes a builder’s apprentice to peel back the layers of ancient buildings and tell their stories.

He has already investigated some Yorkshire buildings, including the Mansion House in Doncaster, Pontefract Castle, Ampleforth Abbey and Bradford Civic Hall.

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.

– Dave Myers

#ScarySelfie judge

Aye aye… Dave gets in on the #ScarySelfie act. Photograph William Anelay on Twitter

Aye aye… Dave gets in on the #ScarySelfie act. Photograph William Anelay on Twitter

William Anelay, based in Osbaldwick, has set itself a target of raising £50,000 in five years for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

And the Halloween fancy dress competition is part of that amazing fundraising push.

Dave went along to the company’s HQ to join in the fun – and to be a judge of the #ScarySelfie contest. As you can see, he joined in quite a few of the selfies too…

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Three more selfies. Photographs © William Anelay on Twitter

Dining out in style

With the Star Inn team. Photograph © Star Inn The City on Twitter

With the Star Inn team. Photograph © Star Inn The City on Twitter

After all that hard work, Dave headed over to one of York’s leading restaurants to unwind.

The TV chef headed to the Star Inn The City on Thursday night (October 29). There he tucked into a starter of hand-picked White Whitby crab with sesame, seaweed, lime and coriander, and pickled baby vegetables.

This was followed by partridge risotto with braised chestnuts, wilted curly kale, Yorkshire cheese and truffle oil.

He thoroughly enjoyed it, said the restaurant’s executive chef and director, Andrew Pern.

And he was great fun too: “He was nice: posed for photos and shook hands with everyone,” Andrew told YorkMix.

The Star Inn The City has had its fair share of celebrity diners, having previously played host to Heston Blumenthal, Tom Kerridge and Jake Humphrey, as well as Brian Turner and Janet Street Porter whilst they were filming the BBC TV series Taste of Britain.

Emily Dunn

Emily Dunn

Emily is a third year History student at the University of York, and has been writing and editing for YorkMix since October 2015. When not studying or busy with a variety of volunteering roles, she enjoys rail travel, walking and cycling, and amateur photography.
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