Mayor and friends all set for their bushtucker trial

From left, Medi Parry, Rhona Dunn, Adrian Drake and Alison Byard will be doing a 'bushtucker trial' on Saturday.
From left, Medi Parry, Rhona Dunn, Adrian Drake and Alison Byard will be doing a 'bushtucker trial' on Saturday.
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A taste of what the participants on I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! have to go through will be on display in Morpeth this Saturday.

Town Mayor Alison Byard has organised a ‘bushtucker trial’ for her and three others and it will form part of Sanderson Arcade’s Halloween programme.

The activity will be compered by Morpeth Gadgy Alex Swailes. He and a team of helpers will be encouraging people to put money in collection buckets and give the quartet some encouragement as they set about eating types of ants, crickets and worms.

It forms part of Coun Byard’s fund-raising events for her chosen charity – the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

The other participants are Adrian Drake (general manager at Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre), Rhona Dunn (Morpeth Rotary Club President) and Medi Parry (Sanderson Arcade centre manager). The charities they are doing the trial for are St Oswald’s Hospice, Contact Morpeth Mental Health and Barnabas Safe and Sound respectively.

Coun Byard said: “I was talking to last year’s Mayor Nic Best about potential unusual challenges for my year as Mayor and doing a bushtucker trial suddenly came into my head.

“I decided to go ahead with it because it hasn’t been done before and hopefully it will capture the imagination of the public.

“I’m grateful to Medi, Rhona and Adrian for agreeing to take part in the trial with me. The bugs we’ll be eating are edible, but they taste disgusting.

“We’re in a prime location in the town centre and we hope that a large number of people will come along to watch and put money in the buckets as this will help us to get through the unappetising challenge.

“It’s amazing how much you can go out of your comfort zone when you are raising money for charity.”

The activity, which will take place in the piazza area of the Arcade, will begin at 2pm.