Limelight spot for refurbished salon

A Forfar salon is set to be in the spotlight as the star of one of the UK’s most popular daytime TV shows - Homes Under the Hammer.

Blondies, named after the singer and stylised around the album Parallel Lines, was purchased at auction by local businessman Alan Hampton around two years ago.

And little did Alan know at the time, the Edinburgh auction was being filmed by a crew from Homes Under the Hammer.

When the production team asked Alan if he would mind being included in the show he said he didn’t mind at all and the first visit to the property was made.

Presenter Martin Roberts came to Forfar to film the first segment for the show about 18 months ago when the salon was, by all accounts, a bit of a wreck.

However, the change has been amazing and last Wednesday the Homes Under the Hammer crew arrived back in town to document the transformation.

Alan said: “It’s an iconic little place and we wanted to make the most of it.

“We decided to theme it around the Blondie album Parallel lines and it looks really great.”

Alan will act as landlord for the salon with stylists already lined up to fill the chairs for the opening day of June 11.

Homes Under the Hammer, which is produced by Lion TV, is the top ranking morning programme on the BBC.

And as a stroke of fate the producer/director of the programme is Angus woman Lindsay Hill.

Filming Blondies was the first job in Scotland for Lindsay on the show after joining the team 18 months ago.

The Monifieth lass said: “We are filming the after transformation stage of the show - and what a transformation it has been!

“Although we are unsure yet when the programme will air, it should be within two to three months.”