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  Facelift flashback: Facelift helps pass the Olympic flame with Bear Grylls

Facelift flashback: Facelift helps pass the Olympic flame with Bear Grylls

29 July 2017 Email this article

Back in the summer of 2012, Facelift played a vital role in directing the Olympic flame, on its 28-day journey around the UK – helping the flame to pass across the River Tyne on a zip wire at full speed. The torch was in the capable hands of adventurer and TV presenter Bear Grylls - star of the TV series Man vs Wild and Born Survivor, where he shows viewers how to survive in dangerous, inhospitable parts of the world.

Using a Bronto 46 powered access platform, we raised Bear Grylls up into the rafters of the bridge – to jump off the bridge, from the 195 ft arch and saw him land safely in the parade ground of HMS Calliope, whilst being watched by thousands of people.

At the Quayside, Grylls slid expertly down the 400m wire between the two bridges on the Tyne, amidst a celebration of fireworks. Despite being the youngest Briton in 1998 to conquer Mount Everest at 23, the TV presenter did admit to being a bit daunted on the day;

"I was kind of worried about the torch going out but it stayed alight - it was amazing.

I was a bit nervous about rope and fire but it was fine and we are in one piece."

He added: "I think you're not human if you're not nervous when you're standing 200ft up and it's blowing you around a little bit. It's a long drop.

It's still alight, we're alive and I'm super proud to have carried the torch."

The flame arrived in the UK on the 18th May from Greece and the relay began at Land’s End, Cornwall shortly after.  During the 8,000 mile, 70-day journey to the Olympic opening ceremony on the 27th July, the flame was be carried by a total of 8,000 people.