TRADERS on Oldham's Tommyfield Market have been putting their ultimate fears to the test in their own version of "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!"

The stallholders, inspired by the likes of Caitlyn Jenner, Ian Wright and Kate Garraway, have been testing their own bravery in their take on the show - "I'm a Trader - Get Me Out of Here!".

Inspired by the show’s well-liked, yet unappetising eating trials – which this year have already tested the stomachs of Radio 1’s Adele Roberts and Capital FM’s Roman Kemp – "I’m a Trader… Get Me Out of Here!" comprises of five eating trials that four of our local traders courageously attempted.

While there was no "Piggy Pudding" (pig’s uterus) or "Critter-Bocker Glory", (dead cockroaches, crickets and mealworms) on the menu for our traders, they did however, taste some of the market’s products which are an acquired taste – with one product having actually featured on a previous real-life Bushtucker Trial.

Those brave enough to attempt the challenges included Nick Jackson from key cutting/shoe repair business Jacksons, Mel Cone from local butchers David Ashworth Butchers, Lisa Kirk from delicatessen Hen House, and Diane Orman 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 the duo 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?

The first trial shows the contestants attempt to eat one of last year’s favourites – fish eyes – which were provided by local fish mongers, Crossley’s Fish. 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.

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 in the market.

“’I’m a Trader… Get Me Out of Here!’ has the real makings of an excellent game to play at Christmas and 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?”

Nick said: “I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the trials. It was great to have a laugh with our fellow traders and shoppers in the aisles too, although when you watch the videos, you can probably tell which trial was my least favourite.”

Last year’s winner, Lisa, said: “The trials were definitely harder than they were last year. They were a real challenge, but it was great to be a part of it all.”

Mark, from Crossley’s Fish, said: “These kinds of activities are a great advert for the market as they showcase all of the great produce we sell. The contestants gave it their all, especially with the fish eyes from my stall – I couldn’t resist giving them some of the bigger ones.

’I’m a Trader… Get Me Out of Here!’ is one of a number of projects that Oldham Council has worked on with local traders, to encourage shoppers to love their local market."

Previous projects include a "Back to School" show which promoted the market’s school-related products, Love Island-themed ‘text message’ clips which highlighted good customer feedback for our Love Your Local Market campaign, and the market’s very own Mr & Mrs series which celebrated Valentine’s Day-related products.