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Oliver's online videos are a hit with The Handyman's customers




The Handyman's Oliver Green has been creating amusing videos to advertise the business. Pictured: Mecha Morton.
The Handyman's Oliver Green has been creating amusing videos to advertise the business. Pictured: Mecha Morton.

A scarecrow, a human-sized fly and a newly-hatched chick are not the usual patrons of a hardware store.

For The Handyman, in Broad Street, Eye, these colourful characters have helped to draw thousands of views in a series of online videos.

Thought up by the shop’s owner, Bruce Salter, the videos star general manager Oliver Green in a range of costumes promoting what the shop has to offer.

“Oliver is quite an important person to Eye – everybody knows him and he’s been around for so long,” explained Bruce, 51, who also records the videos.

“Taking over the shop six years ago, I knew I needed to maximise having Oliver as part of the team.

“The idea to make videos just came to me one day.”

A schoolmaster, seaside sun-worshipper and a barbecue maestro are among the other character Ollie has brought to life.

Happy with his new-found fame, he said he would do anything for the shop he has worked at for the last 35 years.

“People loved the scarecrow video the most, and it was my favourite costume,” admitted Oliver, 64, of Diss.

“But, I could hardly walk in the chicken costume.

“One woman said to me she thought the videos are fantastic and another has said they are funnier than anything on television.

“It’s a great feeling to be recognised.”

As well as providing entertainment for viewers, the videos are helping to promote The Handyman.

“We’ve had a great response from people,” added Bruce.

“The views are running into the tens of thousands, it keeps our name out there and Oliver loves doing them – it’s a win-win situation for us.

“Running The Handyman has been the best experience of my life. Every year, we see a bigger turnover and Eye is a lovely place to be.”

The pair are now considering releasing a blooper reel to raise money for charity.

For more, visit The Handyman’s Facebook page.



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