Dick Strawbridge MBE

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After boating around with his son in search of local flavours in The Hungry Sailors, the retired Army officer continues to combine his love of engineering, green-living, food and military history.


Dick Strawbridge is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, who has since reinvented himself as a television presenter on Scrapheap Challenge and Geronimo. Getting a taste for the camera, he’s now followed up with It’s Not Easy Being Green and several guest appearances on Coast.

Dick was an officer in the Royal Signals, noted as the regiment first in to any combat theatre charged with setting up communications and intelligence technology. Whilst still serving in the Army, Dick's family persuaded him to audition for Scrapheap. Thanks to his leadership abilities, calmness under pressure, strong personality and engineering skills (and possibly the biggest moustache the producers had ever seen), Dick was given the role of team leader. He then became the show’s presenter before pursuing his love of the environment and food in other programmes.

A finalist on 2010’s Celebrity Masterchef, Dick’s Cornish smallholding is now a mecca for foodie tourists, as well as those seeking tips on sustainable living and eco-technology. He has also presented Coast, The Hungry Sailors, Saturday Farm, (the latter two with his son James) and Crafty Tricks of War. He also played a key part in the BBC celebration of the 60th anniversary of D-Day.

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