Bury St Edmunds duo to appear on Channel 4 game show Coach Trip
Two friends from Bury St Edmunds have taken part in a reality TV game show, due to air on Channel 4 next week.
While staying tight-lipped about the outcome of the current Coach Trip series, Sue Smith, 47, and Sally Walters, 40, say they had the time of their lives while filming for it back in October last year.
The show - presented by tour guide Brendan Sheerin - features passengers on a coach tour of Europe who are ejected by their travel companions.
Sue, a hypnotherapist and counsellor, said: “The show really is at it seems on TV. When people are voted off they really do go and you don’t see them again. You say your goodbye at the vote and then they are gone!
“It’s a strange feeling because you get close to people really quickly, after all you are together 24/7 and the votes can be quite emotional.”
“The worst activity is the second one we did on our first day,” she added. “I won’t give anything away but you will see why when you watch it - I can still smell it now!”
Sally, a graphic designer, is not thrilled about the prospect of seeing herself in a swimsuit on TV.
She said: “I am worried about how we will come across.
“We got on really well with everyone and had the time of our lives - we are all still friends and had a reunion last weekend in Birmingham.
“I hope they don’t say anything nasty behind our backs on camera. I don’t think we did anything to make them but we shall see. “The weather was dreadful which limited the activities, but we will be seen in our swimsuits which we are really not looking forward to!”
The pair were kept on standby for more than two weeks waiting for the couple they were due to replace to be voted off.
They had to be prepared to leave with only two hours’ notice and, when the call did come in, they left having no idea where they were going.
They flew to Athens, then to Ioannina, before being collected by taxi and taken to their hotel where they were ‘whisked’ straight to their room and put on ‘lock down’ to avoid bumping into the other contestants.
Sue said: “We joined the coach early the next morning and met the legend that is Brendan. He really is as he seems on TV and what a brilliant travel guide! He knows his stuff does Bren and boy can he make you laugh.”
No stranger to game shows, having won the Weakest Link in 2007 and appeared on Wogan’s Perfect Recall and Come Dine with Me since, Sue added: “People kept asking us why we would want to do it - the answer is simple. Really, if you were offered the chance of a free holiday, would you turn it down? No chance!”
You can catch the couple’s arrival on the coach on Tuesday (March 24).
Coach Trip airs weeknights at 5.30pm on Channel 4.