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Hunters call on threatened yard

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: August 16, 2012

Shiver Me Timbers at Long Rock is due to appear on TV show Salvage Hunters next year. Buy this picture: www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/buyaphoto

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THE CLOSURE-threatened reclamation yard Shiver Me Timbers is to appear in a TV show called Salvage Hunters.

The Discovery Channel show's star Drew Pritchard – a reclamation expert – was at the Long Rock yard filming at the start of the month.

Shiver Me Timbers was made famous in west Cornwall by original owner Terry 'Trader' Grey who died last year. But appearing on a TV show that is shown around the world – the producers say it is currently the highest rating show in Canada at the moment – could take it to a much bigger audience just as the business faces closure. The yard is now run by Trader's son Joe Knowle.

He said: "Drew Pritchard is the top dog in architectural reclamation. He travels all over the country looking for weird things to sell. He does the top end version of what I do."

Not only did they film for hours at the yard, they also bought some interesting material.

Mr Knowle added: "He had a nice machinist's angle-poise lamp from an industrial workplace, a nice big circular fan-light window, an old Thirties medical poster and some Cold War posters.

"He took quite a few bits and quite a few of his crew bought stuff from me too. The sound man and the cameraman both bought something off air. It should be screened next year."

Salvage Hunters director John Nutter said: "Joe was absolutely lovely. Drew Pritchard found quite a few items of interest and Shiver Me Timbers is a such a great place to film because visually it's brilliant. It's a beautiful place and it's going to look great on TV."

The media interest has also sparked Mr Knowle into thinking about making a film of his own.

He said: "We are thinking about making a film about the history of this place, so if anybody has any footage we'd like them to get in contact with us."

Shiver Me Timbers is facing closure after its landlord won planning permission to build a luxury development there.

Mr Knowle said he was still in talks with owner Sid Leighworthy.

He said: "Until we have any more information about when we might have to leave, we keep going – it's business as usual."

The first series of Salvage Hunters was shown on Discovery Channel subsidiary Quest. The second – including the programme filmed at Shiver Me Timbers will go out in December or early in the new year.

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