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.