A Scottish great-grandmother who’s terrified of water is the oldest contestant on a brand new fact display set on an uninhabited desolate tract island.
Irene Cattanach, 75, from Perthshire, confronted boa constrictors and tarantulas all through filming for Channel four survival display Treasure Island with Endure Grylls.
She was once signed as much as the display as a funny story via her granddaughter who had claimed to have “deleted” the shape.
However she now hopes her TV look will encourage different older ladies.
Irene, from Aberfeldy, was once one in all 12 castaways who took section within the fight to continue to exist at the far flung Pacific island.
She was once 51 years older than the youngest contestant at the display, the place they competed to win a percentage of £100,000.
On the other hand the largest problem she confronted was once the water.
“I used to be dumped within the water, I do not swim and I am terrified of water – particularly sea water, with a majority of these prime waves crashing round. It was once dreadful,” she stated.
She informed BBC Radio Scotland’s Excellent Morning Scotland the entire thing began as a funny story via her granddaughter Lucy – who stuffed out an software for the display on her behalf, then “deleted it”.
Irene stated: “I used to be now not mindful till I were given a decision from [production company] Shine announcing we actually appreciated your software and I am going ‘…actually?’.
“Do not omit it is an island – I do not swim and I do not specifically like water, not at all the ocean. I want to get even with Lucy, I’m going to get her again.”
‘It was once glorious’
Irene is the oldest contestant ever to participate within the display – however stated her age regularly labored to her merit.
She stated: “I simply felt that those different ones at the workforce noticed me in all probability as a mom or grandmother and had been somewhat ready to handle me.
“However I sought after to do the similar as them – I used to be simply on that island to battle for survival, hunt, and I sought after to do this as smartly however I feel they had been making an attempt to give protection to me.”
Regardless of the problem of surviving at the island, she stated it was once super vacation.
She added: “It was once glorious, I beloved a majority of these creepy crawlies – each and every one was once a puppy – and I might suggest it as a vacation. It does not price very a lot, you may have the seaside and the water, you may have the entire jungle to head thru, beautiful.
“I simply hope it is an inspiration to a few of these older girls. Get available in the market and do it!”