Vic’s flying the flame

Hi Paul. Brunswick Gdns. Olympic Torch journey.7th.email. Brunswick Gdns. Resident & Torch designer Vic Gould flying in a Cessna light aircraft with Blue Eye Aviation, Netherthorpe Airfield, Thorpe Salvin, South Yorkshire. Best part of the whole journey said Vic. Peter Wolstenholme
Hi Paul. Brunswick Gdns. Olympic Torch journey.7th.email. Brunswick Gdns. Resident & Torch designer Vic Gould flying in a Cessna light aircraft with Blue Eye Aviation, Netherthorpe Airfield, Thorpe Salvin, South Yorkshire. Best part of the whole journey said Vic. Peter Wolstenholme
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GRANDAD Vic Gould is flying high after designing an Olympic torch - and then taking it over Sheffield in an aeroplane.

The 70-year-old even took control of the light aircraft as it flew over the city from Netherthorpe.

Vic, a former roofer, was thrilled when his design of a torch for the London games won a competition run in Extracare Charitable Trust sites and housing schemes.

It is now making a 715-mile journey from Brunswick Gardens retirement village in Woodhouse - where Vic and wife Pauline live - to visit others across the country.

And the first leg of the journey to Stoke-on-Trent was made using a quirky mix of transport, including unicycle, limousine and even a bed.

Vic, who has also won tickets to see the Olympics, said: “It was brilliant to win - I never expected it but I was very pleased.

“Those other sites down south have some really talented people.

“We set off from Burnswick Gardens with a bed push and we even took it up in a plane.

“I managed to fly it, it was just out of this world.

“We went from Netherthorpe and flew all over Sheffield.”

Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Sylvia Dunkley cut a ribbon to start the torch’s journey from Brunswick Gardens on Station Road on a bed - and firefighters pushed resident Lyn Fowler the length of the grounds.

A group of 22 staff then took it on a pedal bike, pedal boat and in a water zorbing ball at Rother Valley Country Park.

It was also transported on a canal barge at Victoria Quays in Sheffield as part of the first leg of its journey.