Jeremy Hunt narrowly avoided injuring bystanders yesterday when a bell he was ringing flew off its handle during an Olympics celebration.
The Culture Secretary was ringing the bell in his right hand on the deck of HMS Belfast when the brass become detached from its wooden handle and flew through the air above the deck of the Second World War cruiser.
He watched helplessly as the bell disappeared among spectactors, his face betraying the fear and horror that a bystander maybe seriously hurt. Fortunately the bell missed everyone, with a clearly relieved Mr Hunt caught on “camera saying: “Oh, oh dear! Are you all right? Health and safety.”
The Minister later made light of the incident, comparing it with a scene from the BBC comedy Twenty Twelve, saying: “I had my very own 2012 moment. It was a clanger.”