Olympic Torch relay to bring a lasting legacy for Bristol
All eyes on Bristol as the Olympic flame is set to make a lasting impression
Anticipation and excitement are running high as Bristol awaits the arrival of the Olympic flame on Tuesday.
As world-wide audiences for the flames journey multiply organisers say it's an amazing, once in a life time opportunity to put Bristol on the world stage. “It's free exposure to the billion people watching the flames journey” says David Fursdon, Chair of the 2012 Board in the South West.
He spoke to Pamela Parkes about the lasting legacy for the city that the Olympic torch visit could leave.
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The prospect of a billion people watching his every step should be a daunting one but torch bearer Robert Berry, from Hanham, is taking it all in his stride.
Nominated by colleagues for his charity work the 44 year old is taking charge of the flame at 8.08am on Wednesday, just after it's iconic passage across the Clifton Suspension bridge.
Helping to raise more than £90,000 for charities such as alzheimers, brain tumor and arthritis research Robert has walked the Three Peaks in 24 hours, walked the length of Hadrian's Wall in 4 days and cycled from Bristol to Bradford in 24 hours. A senior surveyor for David Wilson homes he has also cycled 285 miles around show homes in the South West
Robert says he was both surprised and honoured to be one of the torch bearers