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Mo Farah reclaims the ‘Old North’ for Wales in I’m a Celebrity challenge

01 Dec 2020 2 minute read
Mo Farah on I’m a Celebrity. Picture by ITV/REX.

Mo Farah attempted to reclaim the ‘Old North’ for the Welsh last night – by accidentally identifying Scotland as Wales during an I’m a Celebrity challenge.

During the challenge, Mo Farah ended up in front of a map with shields positioned on different countries and had to use the walkie talkie to describe them to another celebrity.

Despite the series being filmed at Gwrych Castle near Abergele, Mo Farah said he was “struggling to find Wales on the map” and misidentified it as Scotland.

The Old North included large parts of the present-day lowlands of Scotland and was a Brythonic-speaking collection of kingdoms from which the Welsh language derives much of its early poetry, before the and was overtaken over by Anglo-Saxon hordes.

But perhaps, as some on Twitter suggested, Mo Farah was just rather poor at geography.

After winning the challenge, fellow contestant Giovanna admitted: “I don’t think either of us have a career in geography teaching to be honest.”



It was confirmed last week that the series would be ending earlier than usual this year.

I’m a Celebrity began on November 15 this year, and ITV has announced the end date will be Friday, 4 December, two days before it was expected to conclude.

It is thought the colder temperatures in December has played a factor in the decision to end the show early.

Another theory is it would allow the crew time to isolate before heading home to spend Christmas with their families.

It doesn’t seem to be due to waning interest, after the series opened to its highest viewing figures in seven years.

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