Ryan Thomas 'traumatised' by goat killing

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 13 August 2012
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Ryan Thomas was "totally traumatised" after helping to kill a goat in a tribal ritual in Kenya while filming documentary 'Coronation Street: Corrie Goes to Kenya'

Ryan Thomas was "totally traumatised" after helping to kill a goat in a tribal ritual in Kenya.

The 'Coronation Street' star - who plays Jason Grimshaw in the ITV1 soap - was in the African country to film a special documentary 'Coronation Street: Corrie Goes to Kenya', but he was nearly physically sick when he had to take part in the traditional custom.

He said: "There was a ritual where they wanted to feed us goat, so we had to kill one. I had to hold its legs while they slaughtered it. I was nearly being sick. I was totally traumatised - until we skinned and ate it.

"We put loads of garlic and lemon and herbs on it and threw it on the barbecue and it was pretty damn tasty!

"I realised it was actually an honour for us to be given the goat by the tribe. This is their tradition and I respected that."

Ryan and his fellow 'Corrie' castmates Brooke Vincent (Sophie Webster), Sue Cleaver (Eileen Grimshaw) and Ben Price (Nick Tilsley) all flew to Kenya to work with the charity S.A.F.E. - which uses performing arts to educate people on the dangers of HIV and drug abuse - for the documentary, but at first he thought the "emotional" trip was going to be like a two-week holiday.

He added to The Sun newspaper: "I didn't know what to expect at all. I thought it would just be a two-week holiday in Kenya. But it was totally not that.

"It was by far the biggest experience I have had in my life. We arrived in a slum, surrounded by all this poverty, but the people were so welcoming.

"We had never seen those sorts of things or met people like that before. It was a very emotional but happy experience."

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