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13 June 2012, 12:00
Adventurer Bear Grylls is the celeb chosen to carry the Olympic Torch by zip wire from the Tyne Bridge to the Quayside
The writer and television presenter has paraglided over the Himalayas, escaped from quicksand and snacked on a still wriggling snake.
He has run Class V rapids in the lower Zambezi (without a raft), plunged naked beneath the ice of a frozen lake in Siberia, evaded alligators on a slog through the Everglades as well as famously eaten a vast array of utterly repulsive vermin.
Now Bear Grylls has agreed to take on another daring task - this time to play his part in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. On 15th June at approximately 7pm Bear will launch himself off the top of the Tyne Bridge to zip wire over the river carrying the Olympic Torch into the Parade Ground at HMS Calliope where members of HMS Calliope and Royal Marines Reserve Tyne will welcome him after his daring Torch leap.
For up to date information on transport on the day head to the North East For 2012 Games website here