TREASURE hunters will be seen going head-to-head in a hunt for valuables at a Brynmawr storage facility on the next episode of Storage Hunters UK.

Producers of the hit TV show chose Bryn Store on the Barleyfields Industrial Estate to film an episode of the series in Wales.

Owner Nathan Churchward, 42, was contacted by the television company last year after being short-listed from around 20 other sites in Wales. It was eventually chosen as the location for filming, which took place over two days in February.

The episode, which airs next week, will see competitors blindly bidding on abandoned storage containers.

Mr Churchward, of Blaina, said unwanted goods were auctioned which have been abandoned by former owners, or by people who don’t pay their bills or pass away.

“Some people move away and leave us with the goods but it is only a small percentage,” he said.

He was surprised to get a call to say they were impressed with the premises and wanted to use it for filming.

He said the preparation ahead of filming was intense.

“They spent the first day setting up their equipment and turned up with a huge articulated lorry and a trailer that they used as a lounge and canteen for all those taking part,” he said added.

Although he didn’t take part in the filming he was able to watch the cast filming the show, which attracts one million viewers.

Mr Churchward, who has run the 44,000 square foot business from the building for four years said: “I met all the hosts. They were really easy to get on with and have kept in touch.”

“We were a bit star struck and in awe of them. It’s not everyday they come to Brynmawr,” he added.

He intends to will be watching the episode when it airs at home with his family, which includes his 16-year-old daughter Naomi who features in the show as an extra alongside ten others.

“She’s a keen Storage Hunters fan, so being an extra for the day was a delightful experience,” Mr Churchward said.

Based on the US hit Storage Hunters, the series features fast-talking auctioneer and comedian Sean Kelly as the show’s host.

The episode will be screened on Dave at 8pm on July 1