I’m a gypsy & grew up hunting pigeons for food… we boycotted school over fear of outsiders says SAS Who Dares Wins star | The Sun
HAVING grown up in a caravan with no water or electricity, hunting wildlife for food, new SAS Who Dares Wins recruit Ross Young is better equipped than most to deal with the perils of the jungle.
The latest series of the Channel 4 show, which kicks off tonight, will put the contestants to the test in the wilderness of Thung Ui, North Vietnam.
Ross, 41, grew up in the Romani community, after his mum ran away from her family to marry his traveller dad, who she met at a fairground in Skegness.
He was home-schooled in a caravan parked on a bridle path in Spilsby, Lincolnshire.
Now Ross, of Gravesend, Kent, wants to change perceptions of the Romani community by starring in SAS: Who Dares Wins.
He tells The Sun: “I want to challenge the myths. People have preconceived notions about what the travelling community is like but it’s not always what they think.”
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Ross' upbringing is a world away from his life now – he works as head of security at Britain’s most expensive store Harrods, where a box of posh tea costs £115 and a rare pot of honey will set shoppers back £1,390.
He credits the incredible turn of events to his free-range childhood and his parents’ determination to educate him outside of the mainstream system.
Ross’ mum Elaine, now 66, met dad Eddie when her parents took her on holiday to Skegness aged 16.
She fell head over heels after spotting him working on the rifle range at the fairground and, after writing letters and constantly calling each other from phone boxes, Elaine ran away from home aged 17 in 1973.
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