Decorated with a national award

Robbie Dodds-grand winner of the Dulux Select Decorator of the Year awards 2015.'REF 0902152771
Robbie Dodds-grand winner of the Dulux Select Decorator of the Year awards 2015.'REF 0902152771
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A decorator has proved to be the cream of the crop after winning a national award.

Self-employed Robbie Dodds had entered the Dulux Select Decorator of the Year awards in the ‘Jobs over £3,000’ category.

And as well as picking up the award, he was left shocked when he was also named grand winner at the special awards night.

Robbie, of Shiremoor, had put together a dossier of the job at a house in Whitley Bay featuring both before and after photographs, as well as a written report.

Not only was his customer left impressed, but also the judges at Dulux.

Robbie said: “I didn’t expect to pick any award up. The competition is really high every year. Some of the other entrants’ work was really high.

“The job I did was of a very high standard, it’s one of the jobs I am most proud of. It took a lot of time and preparation.

“I thought ‘why not put it forward and give it a try?’

“The job took me about three weeks.”

Robbie won another award in 2012 and admitted his phone almost went into meltdown from a lot of new calls and customers.

“When I appeared in the News Guardian, I had 26 calls in one day from people asking for quotes,” he said. “My phone went mental for months.

“I’ve been self-employed for 22 years, a lot of my work is repeat custom.”