An Aberdeen man who won a cruise when Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway came to the city has told of his shock at scooping the prize.
Ian Robbie was just about to sit down to his Chinese takeaway when his 17-year-old daughter Olivia said she had heard one of the four sofas, which are placed around the UK as part of a contest on the show fronted by Ant and Dec was in Duthie Park.
As Ian raced to the park he was forced to return home – because he forgot his suitcase.
Little did the 44-year-old know he would be catching a flight to London the next day to embark on a two-week Mediterranean cruise after winning.
The dad-of-two, of Cove, said: “It has been such a surreal experience, I still can’t believe I won.
“I was away to tuck into a Chinese takeaway when my daughter said that a sofa was in the Duthie Park.
“We decided to head down as soon as possible, but when we were halfway there one of my daughter’s friends said that we needed a passport and a suitcase, so we drove back, picked them up and got to the Duthie Park.
“There were hundreds of people there, however, a lot of them didn’t have a suitcase or a passport so couldn’t be in with a chance of winning.”
To win, people had to find the sofa and turn up with a passport, a suitcase and be able to get two weeks off work.
They were then allocated numbers and a winning number was chosen at random by former Pussycat Dolls band member Ashley Roberts.
Ian, a production manager at Worldwide Oilfield Machine UK, added: “After they said my name my boss phoned me to say have a great time, which was very nice of him as I hadn’t thought about getting the time off.”
Despite his daughter flagging up the contest, Ian said he decided to take his wife Aileen as Olivia has exams soon.
And they have already set off on their cruise to Spain, Italy and Gibraltar.