A FAREHAM businessman is to carry the torch for the Olympics.
Hughes Ellard’s Roger Sherliker will be an official torchbearer during the summer.
Roger, who heads up the valuation team at the commercial property agency’s head office in Fareham, is one of 8,000 people selected to carry the symbolic flame in an 8,000-mile relay in the UK over 70 days, which starts tomorrow.
He will carry the torch in Southampton on Sunday, July 15, as part of a human chain which ends with the flame lighting the London Olympic Stadium on Friday, July 27.
Roger, pictured, said: ‘I feel honoured and flattered to have been selected to carry the torch. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I can’t wait for the day to arrive and for the Olympics to begin.
‘I’ve been warming up with a rolling pin – and getting helpful tips from Sir Chris Hoy, the cycling legend, during a practice day organised by Lloyds TSB, one of the presenting partners for the relay.’
Sir Chris, who has won four Olympic golds, said: ‘These Lloyds TSB Torchbearers have all worked hard already to be nominated and recognised for making a difference in their community.’
Roger has also project managed the Royal Yachting Association’s Olympic training centre at Weymouth on behalf of Ellard.