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VIDEO: South Molton girl gets a buzz from 'beard of bees' at Quince Honey Farm

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: September 19, 2013

  • Jodie Jones, 17, gets a 'beard of bees' at Quince Honey Farm, South Molton

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THIS video shows the moment a 17-year-old girl experienced a “beard of bees” at a South Molton attraction.

Jodie Jones, of Meshaw, allowed hundreds of bees to swarm over her face as they desperately tried to find the queen bee which was hidden in a box under her chin.

VIDEO: Jodie Jones, 17, gets a 'beard of bees' at Quince Honey Farm, South Molton:

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The Petroc student, who waitresses part-time in the farm’s café, described it as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

She said: “I said I’d like to have a go and that was it, my boss set it up. They got me used to being in a room with the bees first and let one land on my hand but I was panicked about doing even that.”

Jodie said she was nervous the bees would sting her but managed to escape without being stung.

She said: “It felt really hot and they were really prickly but they also tickled a bit as well. I was worried what my face might look like if I got stung but I was lucky.”

The “beard of bees” is set to become an attraction at the family-run business which members of the public will be able to watch from next year.

Jodie said she was really proud of herself for going through with it.

She said: “Everyone thinks I’m so weird for doing it but I wanted to give it a go.

“It was definitely an experience. I was shaking afterwards and I’m shocked I’ve done it.

“I’m usually scared of insects and wasps so I was really pleased I went through with it.”

Ian Wallace, who runs the business with mum Jean and dad Paddy, said they were currently trying to set up hosting “beard of bees” demonstrations in the shop.

He said: “It’s potentially very dangerous. The first time I ever did it I had about 50 stings. Once one stings you it releases an alarm and the other bees get aggravated.

“It can go horribly wrong but we seem to have honed how to do it safely.”

Mr Wallace said he hoped to have beard of bees demonstrations on offer at the farm from Easter next year.

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