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By SP_COP on December 12, 2014 | From www.scunthorpetelegraph.co.uk
Jungle Jake Quickenden to be given civic reception homecoming to Scunthorpe SCUNTHORPE'S Jake Quickenden will be given a civic reception after returning home as runner-up of hit TV show I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!

His family say they are "blown away" by the gesture and praised the support he received from fans in North Lincolnshire.

Jake, 26, finished as runner-up to former World Superbike champion Carl Fogarty in the show which saw him take on challenges in the Australian jungle.

Now, having returned to Scunthorpe after his whirlwind adventure down under, jungle Jake will be given a civic reception by local dignitaries.

Mum Lisa Quickenden said: "It has really choked me up. It is so, so nice, and has made me feel really emotional.

"I am totally blown away.

"He (Jake) will be very proud indeed and will be delighted to hear about the civic reception.

"He wanted recognition for who he is, not just how X Factor portrayed him as a vain person.

"The real Jake came out on I'm A Celebrity, and for people to come and vote for him is wonderful."

Liz Redfern, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: "I think it is right that someone who has done so well in a national poll should be recognised and invited to a civic reception with the Mayor of North Lincolnshire.

"Lots of young people see Jake as a role model and we want to work together to improve the aspirations of young people locally, and do everything we can to promote North Lincolnshire and put it on the map.

"Millions of people voted for him, including many people locally. Therefore it is right we do something in his honour."

Jake was humble in defeat after missing out on the jungle crown, having already seen off competition from Mel Sykes and Edwina Currie.

Speaking after the show ended, Jake said: "Honestly, for me, Foggy was a deserved winner. He was Crocodile Dundee wasn't he? He fitted in there.

"I thought he was never going to leave to be honest. I thought he was going to be there forever, but honestly, what a guy he is."

Jake, who is reported to be set to earn a six-figure salary next year and was has already been linked to Celebrity Big Brother, also spoke about the quick turnaround of TV shows, having been eliminated from the X Factor just weeks before going into the jungle.

He said: "I got the phone call three days before I flew out there. I had my interview and literally I just felt like the luckiest guy in the world.

"It is the best experience and the best opportunity I've ever had, and I just went for it.

"I just acted like myself and had the time of my life to be honest, and I don't regret a thing about it."

Mum Lisa was delighted with how Jake did on the show....
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