Cou­ple win £8,000 on TV show

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

A FIRE­FIGHTER and his wife have ap­peared on a new TV show and won £8,000.

Matt Lloyd, who is based at Mac­cles­field fire sta­tion on Ch­ester Road, and his wife Ni­cola were win­ners in the BBC1 show The Get­away Car.

The show in­volves five cou­ples tack­ling four rounds of driv­ing chal­lenges. The last team stand­ing then race The Stig from Top Gear for the chance to win £10,000.

Matt and Ni­cola, who trav­elled to South Africa for the chal­lenge, scooped £8,000 in the fi­nal.

Matt said the money would be used to ‘cre­ate some spe­cial mem­o­ries’ for their two chil­dren, Ja­cob and Poppy.

The show, which is billed as Gog­gle­box meets To­tal Wipe­out, is hosted by Der­mot O’Leary.

Matt and Ni­cola, who have been mar­ried for 21 years, had to wear blue jump suits to take on the chal­lenges.

Dur­ing the show Matt said: “The chil­dren are su­per-ex­cited, we are nor­mally run­ning them around in the car.

“I have the weight of the fire ser­vice on my shoul­ders. I can’t let them down.

“This isn’t driv­ing around the streets of Mac­cles­field un­der blue lights, this is com­pletely crazy.”

Af­ter reach­ing the fi­nal Ni­cola told host Der­mot: “We’ve been to­gether 24 years and this ex­pe­ri­ence has taught us more things about each other. It has been re­ally stress­ful but bril­liant at the same time.”

In the fi­nal chal­lenge Matt had to try and beat The Stig in a race but was caught on the fi­nal lap.

Matt said: “It was hairy scary but I loved ev­ery minute of it.”

It is not Matt’s first ap­pear­ance on TV. He was part of the Cheshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice choir cho­sen to take part in the se­cond se­ries of the hit BBC Two show The Choir – Sing While You Work.

●● Adam Evan­son of Vanilla for Al­lSea­sons (cen­tre) with staff from Chetham’s Li­brary

●● Matt and Ni­cola Lloyd dur­ing film­ing for new BBC chal­lenge show The Get­away Car

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