Hull's star of TV's Great British Benefits Handout closes down business Tidy & Sons
Tony Herridge from the Great British Benefits Handout
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 17 Jul 2017
Hull’s favourite wheeler-dealer has announced Tidy & Sons is closing down.
Last year Tony Herridge, his partner, Diane Esders, and their son, Michael Herridge, were handed £26,000 to come off benefits when they took part in the first series of Channel 5 programme The Great British Benefits Handout.
They used the cash to set up second-hand goods business Tidy & Sons, buying a van and taking his wares to regular markets.
Tony’s “pitter patter” proved a huge hit at the Walton Street Market, and won him thousands of followers on their Facebook site.
But just months after the popular family appeared on the small screen to share how they had broken out of a “cycle of poverty” , they have announced plans to close down the company.
Announcing it would be their last post to the Facebook page, the family said: “Tidy & Sons have had to stop trading. We did not want to but we had no choice it just wasn't working any more for us.
“This will be the last update for you unfortunately due to struggling and trying to keep ourselves afloat.
“It breaks our hearts to have to do this.”
They have confirmed, however, the family have not begun to reclaim their benefits. In the post they said: “Before the question comes we will answer now, no we are not back on benefits.
“We would like to thank you all for all your support that you all gave us from the start and just to say sorry to you all for letting you all down, you have all been so lovely to us.”
Hundreds of people have taken to Facebook to share their sadness at the news and give their best wishes to the family.
One fan posted: “So sorry things haven't worked out for you but it's a tough world out there starting out on your own but you have tried and good on you for that best wishes for the future and good luck in what ever you do “
Another posted: “Very sorry to hear this Tony. You have it a go. Good luck.”
Another said: “So sorry to hear this. Hope something good happens for you in the future and you can carry on with your dream. You tried and that's what counts.”
Speaking earlier this year in the first episode of the second series, produced by Dragonfly, Tony said taking part in the show “changed (their) lives” . He said: “We love working that’s what we love. Day in, day out, day in.
“Now we’ve got to keep that going, we want that to last. We never want to go back on benefits.”
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