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Bear Grylls set to zip wire over River Tyne with Olympic Torch

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Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls, well-known and brave adventurer, is set to zip wire over the River Tyne, Newcastle, North East England, while carrying the Olympic torch on Friday, June 15 at 7 PM.

The writer and television presenter is know for his amazing feats and has paraglided over the Himalayas, escaped from quicksand and snacked on a still wriggling snake.

Bear ahs also run Class V rapids in the lower Zambezi without a raft), plunged beneath the ice of a frozen lake in Siberia while naked, and even avoided alligators on his way through the Everglades.

He is playing his part in the North East’s of England’s run London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  On Friday at about 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.

There, members of HMS Calliope and Royal Marines Reserve Tyne will welcome him after his daring Torch leap.  Bear is an honorary Lieutenant Commander Royal Naval Reservist.

There is a staged ticketed area at the Quayside, but people who want to watch do not need a pass to gain access to the Quayside. All of the evening celebrations will be broadcast live on huge screens which can be viewed for free from Newcastle Quayside.

This area will be pedestrianised from 2pm on Friday afternoon, and will be the best location to view the torch being zip wired from the Tyne Bridge.   From 2.30pm the film Grease will be running on the screen on the Quayside to keep crowds entertained and get them into celebratory mood to welcome the Torch!

Some temporary road closures leading up to and during the Torch Relay will take place, so expect congestion around the city centre. Factor in the congestion and crowds when making travel plans.

Nearest Metro stations to the Quayside are Manors or Monument, both only a ten-minute walk.  Quaylink will revert to a special shuttle service from 1.30pm until last bus providing a frequent link to/from the Quayside and key transport hubs in Gateshead and Newcastle.   If you need to bring your car, there is car parking available across the city centre.  For further up to date information on transport visit our website on

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