A North Devon Avon Lady is about to appear on screens across the country as the household name launches its first television recruitment drive for more than 40 years. In the 1960s the Avon Calling campaign captured the imagination of thousands and now K

A North Devon Avon Lady is about to appear on screens across the country as the household name launches its first television recruitment drive for more than 40 years.In the 1960s the "Avon Calling" campaign captured the imagination of thousands and now Katy Impey, who lives at Harracott near Barnstaple, is to be one of the stars in the new "Hello Tomorrow" adverts now showing.She is one of six Avon girls who appear on camera talking about their success with the door-to-door cosmetics and beauty product company.Katy is not only an Avon representative but now a sales leader, running her own 60-strong team who operate both in North Devon and elsewhere."Watching the 60s commercials made me feel so proud to be in the line-up for the next generation of Avon ladies to hit the small screen, more than 40 years later," she said."As an Avon representative, I'm very well known in my area, but now I'll become a bit of a local celebrity!"Traditionally a welcome visitor and almost a national institution with the catchphrase "Ding dong! Avon calling" still well known, staff deliver the Avon brochure door-to-door and return to collect orders, without the hard sell employed by some sales companies.In addition to make-up, today Avon stocks a range of products from beauty and skincare to fragrances, lingerie or body care accessories - and there's even a men's section!"I've always liked the product and hadn't seen an Avon book for ages," said Katy, explaining how she became involved with the company."So I called them and said I wouldn't mind becoming a representative. A lady came along, signed me up and told me about the leadership opportunity - in the old days you just had the 'Avon Calling' thing, but now there's so many different levels."She said people could put as much into it as they wanted, from small-scale buying for themselves and friends to being a rep for a local area, right up to starting their own business and team as she had."If you have the time and inclination to do it, then it's well worth it," said Katy."And I find people are normally really pleased to see me; they say they haven't seen an Avon book in ages!"The Avon commercials featuring Katy will be running for the next six weeks between 7.30am-10pm. Anyone interested in finding out about becoming and "Avon Lady" can call Katy Impey on (01271) 858467 or go to: www.myavon.co.uk/katyimpey