Corporal Johnson Beharry to carry Olympic Torch
- Bang Showbiz
- 13 June 2012
War hero and former 'Dancing On Ice' star Corporal Johnson Beharry VC is delighted at being asked to carry the Olympic Torch on Armed Forces Day later this month
War hero Corporal Johnson Beharry VC is delighted at being asked to carry the Olympic Torch.
The former 'Dancing On Ice' contestant - who reached the semi-finals of the ITV1 skating competition last year with Canadian professional skater Jodeyne Higgins - is "honoured" to be given the chance to carry the flame in Lichfield, Staffordshire on Armed Forces day (June 30).
He said: "This is an amazing opportunity for me, never in a million years did I think that I would have the honour of being asked to carry the Olympic Torch and especially on Armed Forces day, I will be proud to take part in this historical moment and to represent all the injured and fallen soldiers and their families".
Johnson will transport the torch down Memorial Avenue and up the spiral path of the Armed Forces Memorial steps before passing it on for its next leg.
The 32-year-old hero was the youngest person to be awarded the Victoria Cross when he was given the honour in March 2005 after twice saving members of his unit from ambushes in Iraq in 2004, and he is one of only seven living recipients to have been recognised with the award.