Big Brother winner Cameron Stout was preparing for a hero’s welcome today as he returned to his native Orkney for the first time since he shot to fame.
The 32-year-old Bible-bashing fish trader from Stromness landed his biggest catch when he won the Channel Four show’s £70,000 (€99,000) prize last month.
The self-confessed virgin put the bleak northern archipelago and its 20,000 inhabitants firmly on the map as he charmed the nation with his gentlemanly air and insistence that he was saving himself for wedded bliss.
Despite being considered one of the outsiders at the start of the programme’s fourth series, chaste Cameron ran away with the public’s hearts, winning 57.5% of the final vote to see off volatile Irishman Ray Shah.
But friends have always insisted he would turn his back on the media spotlight and go back to Stromness fish market after savouring his 15 minutes of fame.
School-friend Graham Garson, 31, said: “Because of the type of person Cameron is, I don’t think he will embark on a media career.
“After the first few weeks I wasn’t so sure but throughout his time in the house he has managed to remain the same level-headed person he has always been and I think that’s what has got him through it in the end.
“After a few weeks, when all the wall-to-wall publicity has died down, I think he’ll come back here and sell fish.”
Cameron frequently read the Bible to his fellow housemates and voiced his disapproval of the other contestants’ heavy drinking, but came out of his shell during a one-week exchange trip to the South African Big Brother house.
He also set hearts fluttering when he risked a tentative 10-second snog with housemate Steph Smith during a drunken game of spin the bottle.
But after emerging from the camera-filled house at the end of his 64-day incarceration, Cameron poured cold water on speculation about a budding romance with Steph.
On his future plans, he said he wanted to catch up with his family and friends in Orkney, adding it would be “cool” to become the next producer of Songs of Praise.
Other islanders are hoping Cameron’s fame will have a positive impact on the local tourist industry after the Orkney Islands Tourist Board’s website received 23,000 visits in June.