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September 16th, 2015

DOREE BONNER ‘THE MIILION POUND MOVER’

Doree Bonner International were one of the major moving companies involved in the recently aired ‘Million Pound Movers’ programme on Channel 4

With recent reports showing that Millionaires in the UK have increased by 41% to 715,000 in the last five years, the program was an observational documentary that went behind closed doors to meet wealthy clients, their stories and the challenges faced in the high end removals sector.

Doree Bonner had been appointed by Beverley Booty following her unwelcome divorce, to move the contents of Rood Ashton Manor which is situated near Trowbridge in Wiltshire.  Rood Ashton Manor is a unique Grade II listed period house, originally built in 1808 set in four acres of landscaped gardens and grounds. The house itself had thirty three rooms, many containing valuable antiques, fine art, sculptures and in addition a Wine Cellar, billiards room and swimming pool.

During the filming a reflective moment, when Mrs Booty was looking out of the window watching the vans come up the drive and said ‘I’ve never seen a dirty Bonners removal company lorry and that to me says something. If they look after those sorts of things then they will look after your possessions as well’

The actual move itself was extensive over 5,000 cubic feet, with precise planning by Nick Earle – General Manager of Doree Bonners Bath branch and his sales consultant Nick Young, who put together a dedicated team headed up by experienced team leader Graham Barnett who has been with Doree Bonner for 31 years.

 The team spent an intensive four full days completing the move. Six full vehicle loads were taken into storage, and during the move 15 large bags of white polychips were used plus 18 full rolls of overseas wrapping blankets, and  seventeen bespoke crates that had been made by Doree Bonner’s on site crate maker were used to pack the many valuable paintings, sculptures and antiques.

An amusing moment in the program was when Graham Barnett came face to face with the nether regions of the statue ‘Narcissus’  and the packing of a very large urn demonstrated the expertise and care of the Doree Bonner team.

As the program closed Mrs Booty was seen now living in a log cabin on the family farm in Somerset, and most of her possessions still remain in storage.

Whilst the program was being made, a full days filming was carried out at Doree Bonner’s head office in Dartford and throughout the program itself many of the company’s staff appeared including Geoff Watson – Joint Managing Director, Rob Antoniazzi – General Manager at Dartford and Bill Shrimpton their onsite dedicated case maker.  

The programme can be seen on catchup TV , see www.channel4.com

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