Oldham’s market traders recreate Bushtucker trials

RECKON you’ve got what it takes to attempt those gruesome Bushtucker Trials on ITV’s hit show ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!’?

While the likes of Caitlyn Jenner, Ian Wright and Kate Garraway have been putting their ultimate fears to the test in the Australian jungle, traders of Oldham’s Tommyfield Market have been testing their own bravery during their take on the reality TV series.

Inspired by the show’s well-liked but unappetising eating trials, ‘I’m a Trader… Get Me Out of Here!’ comprises of five eating trials that four local traders courageously attempted.

There was no ‘Piggy Pudding’ (pig’s uterus) or ‘Critter-Bocker Glory’, (dead cockroaches, crickets and mealworms) but they did taste some of the market’s products which are acquired taste – with one having featured on a previous real-life Bushtucker Trial.

Those brave enough to attempt the challenges were Nick from key cutting/shoe repair business ‘Jacksons’, Mel from local butchers ‘David Ashworth Butchers’, Lisa from delicatessen ‘Hen House’, and Diane from cheese and cooked meats stall ‘Oldham Fresh Farms Ltd’.

Mel and Lisa both participated in the debut appearance of ‘I’m a Trader… Get Me Out of Here!’ in 2018, when they attempted to eat lamb’s liver, honeycomb tripe, ox tongue, fish eyes and scotch bonnet chillies.

Lisa came out on top to take the crown, but did she maintain her title?

Nick, Lisa, Diane and Mel who are taking part in this year’s ’I’m a Trader… Get Me Out of Here!’

The first trial, published on Oldham Markets’ Facebook page (@OldhamMarkets) at 9am on Monday, December 2, shows the contestants’ attempt to eat one of last year’s favourites – fish eyes.

With plenty of throat retching and heaving on show, it’s enough to make you lose your appetite but it’s also a great watch and not to be missed.

The following four trials will be published from 9am every morning up until Friday, December 6, when the last trial will reveal who this year’s winner.

Helen Lockwood, Deputy Chief Executive, said: “Our officers and market traders had some real fun taking part in these challenges and it’s been a great opportunity to highlight some of the random products that our traders sell.

“I really hope it gives our shoppers some ideas for the holiday season as I can see this going down really well with all of the family.

“Why travel thousands of miles to Australia when you can shop local, support your local traders and buy some really great products that would be perfect in your own version of the Bushtucker Trials?”

For more information about Oldham’s Markets, visit www.oldham.gov.uk/markets and to follow Oldham Markets on social media search @OldhamMarkets on Facebook and Twitter.

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