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Hairy Bikers and Pied Pipers in Huntly

Hairy Bikers Visit Huntly

 David Myers and Si King, BBC television's famous Hairy Bikers paid a visit to Huntly on Friday the 11th of July during filming for their new TV series. Becoming 'Hairy Bakers' for the day the duo focused on Huntly's contribution to the UK's tradition for savoury baking. First port of call was J & I Smith's bakery on Gordon Street where three generations the Smith family showed them how their legendary Scotch and macaroni pies are made. The bikers then braved the weather to prepare salmon en croute on the banks of the River Deveron the river where the largest ever UK salmon was caught back in 1924. Rounding off their flying or should that be biking - visit to Huntly the dynamic duo then served up the fruits of their labours to an appreciative crowd of well-wishers, many of whom were involved in providing local entertainment to accompany the filming. Amongst these were the Jessiman Dancers, Huntly and District Pipe Band and the Phoenix Dance Troupe all of whom were filmed with a view to appearing in the show to be broadcast on BBC2 at the beginning of September.

Other stops on their tour of Britain have been Cornwall, Melton Mowbray and Worcester. The whole BBC team were delighted with the reception they received in Huntly and thanked everyone who made their stay so enjoyable. Researcher Andy Darbyshire said: "Huntly has done us proud. It is a long way to come to film for such a short time but it has been more than worthwhile. You have a beautiful town, warm and friendly people, fantastic local talent and great food!"

Town representatives presented the boys with a 'Huntly Hamper' at the end of their filming. Town co-ordinator Donald Boyd thanked the Bikers for coming and also the local businesses for contributing so generously to the hamper. "The businesses have once again rallied round very positively to support this excellent opportunity for promoting Huntly. A big thanks to all Dean's, Duncan Taylor & Co, Forbes Raeburn & Sons, Glendronach Distillery, Huntly Fabrics, Huntly Herbs, J & I Smith, Mortlach Game and Scott the Butcher."

A local who preferred to remain anonymous wondered aloud: "After James Naughtie visiting us in May, Mike Scott in June and now the Hairy Bikers in July, which celebrity will be visiting us next in Huntly?!"

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