‘Big Brother’ Ian at Big Brother book launch

City businessman Ian Hodgkinson was among the VIPs and celebrities who rubbed shoulders at the red carpet launch of Craig Phillips' new autobiography ‘My Story: Building Beyond Big Brother’.

Craig, first winner of the Big Brother competition and now a successful television presenter, made his entrance to the launch in a wheelbarrow pushed by comedian Ricky Tomlinson and two former Big Brother contestants wearing hard hats and high-vis jackets.

Ian is a long-time friend of Craig. Both time-served bricklayers, they have worked together on a number of television makeover programmes and recently collaborated on a promotional film about bricks.

Ian is featured in the preface of the autobiography as a friend and person Craig admires.

Said Ian this week: “We both come from similar backgrounds, we're both bricklayers and we have both used our initiative to get on in life. Craig says that he looks up to me and often refers to me as his Big Brother.”

Craig and Ian will be working together in the very near future on a Liverpool development project - though the details have not yet been released.

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