Comedian heads for Olympic highlights

Comedian John Bishop today took the Olympic torch to the top of one of the world’s largest radio telescopes.

The 45-year-old carried the flame to the top of the Lovell telescope’s 80-metre (262ft) focus tower in the pouring rain and struck a triumphant pose, inset right,.

Located at the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, it is the third largest fully-steerable radio telescope in the world.

Commenting on the experience of taking the torch to the top, the Liverpool-born TV star said it had been “windy, wet and scary”.

He said: “It is phenomenal because it is an iconic structure.”

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