An Oxford woman joined Love Islanders Chris Hughes and Naz Majeed alongside TikTok sensation Sarah Gordon on a visit to the deepest underground toilet in Britain.

Kelly Flaherty from Oxford and Julie Dann from Berkshire joined the celebrities on the journey to north Wales after they entered a competition run by cleaning brand Domestos.

The toilet is hidden in a cavern 1,375ft underground in an abandoned slate mine in the heart of Snowdonia.

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The adventure last month included navigating dimly lit caves, wading through knee-deep water, scaling sheer rock formations, and abseiling down a steep drop, all to discover the secluded toilet.

Mr Hughes said: “This descent has blown my mind. I didn’t think we’d have to face obstacles quite like it.”

Oxford Mail: Chris Hughes and Naz MajeedMs Flaherty added: “This whole challenge with Domestos was brutal, but in the best way possible.

"Spending a night underground? That’s a story I’ll be telling for years to come. Talk about defying expectations - not many people can say they’ve done that.”

Love Island returns for its 11th series tonight (June 3) with Maya Jama back as host of the ITV reality dating show and Iain Stirling once again taking on the role of narrator.

The new summer series comes off the back of the first ever Love Island: All Stars which concluded back in February with Molly Smith and Tom Clare declared the winners.

The couple were voted the winners in the final ahead of Callum Jones and Jess Gale (second); Sophie Piper and Josh Ritchie (third); and Georgia Steel and Toby Aromolaran (fourth).

ITV has already confirmed there will be a second series Love Island: All Stars which will air in 2025.

Oxford Mail: Julie Dann and Kelly Flaherty Julie Dann and Kelly Flaherty (Image: W Communications)While the All Stars series was filmed in South Africa, the new summer series of Love Island will once again return to the "insta-worthy" villa in Mallorca.

Jess Hayes of Oxford was the winner of the first series of the show.

The trip to Wales with Chris Hughes was organised by Domestos.

Domestos brand manager Rachel Rose said: "With ‘The Longest Drop’, we took the ‘hardest-to-reach’ toilet concept to the next level, getting Chris Hughes and two members of the public to flush their fears and take the plunge into the unknown.

"It was a real adventure for us, and a fantastic continuation from last year’s thrilling Loo With A View with both showcasing how Domestos Power Foam kills germs in hardest to reach places.”

Oxford Mail: Chris Hughes Chris Hughes (Image: PA)

Creative Director at Lifted Entertainment, Mike Spencer, said: “Love Island is back and viewers are in for a big treat this summer as we have a villa full of sexy singles heading out to Mallorca all looking for the one.

"We are planning to turn up the heat this series with brand new format elements, an incredible group of Islanders and an Insta worthy villa providing the most stunning backdrop for their summer of love."

Love Island 2024 starts tonight at 9pm on ITV1, ITV2, ITVX, STV and STV Player.

Love Island 2024 contestants

The first 12 singles who will be entering the Love Island villa are:

Samantha Kenny (Liverpool, 26)

Nicole Samuel (Aberdare, 24)

Patsy Field (Orpington, 29)

Jess White (Stockport, 25)

Mimii Ngulube (Portsmouth, 24)

Harriett Blackmore (Brighton, 24)

Ayo Odukoya (Canning Town, 25)

Sam Taylor (Chesterfield, 23)

Ciaran Davies (Pencoed, 21)

Munveer Jabbal (Surbiton, Surrey, 30)

Sean Stone (Hertford, 24)

Ronnie Vint (South East London, 27).

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