Portsmouth Cub gets a dream interview with adventurer Bear Grylls

Centre right, Alan Priddy with centre left, Bear Grylls and members of Team Britannia at Hayling Island
Centre right, Alan Priddy with centre left, Bear Grylls and members of Team Britannia at Hayling Island
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RENOWNED adventurer Bear Grylls was ‘grilled’ by a young Cub Scout during a visit to Hayling Island.

Portsmouth lad Edward Thompson, eight, seized the once-in-lifetime chance to interview his hero – and earn a 
Cubs’ communication badge.

The youngster, who is part of the 1st Portsmouth Sea Scouts, quizzed the survival superstar during his visit to Team Britannia’s base on Hayling Island.

He probed the TV star and Chief Scout on everything from where his name came from and what was his favourite food in the wild, to what the ‘cheekiest thing’ Bear did during his time in the military.

Edward’s proud dad Alistair was watching all the action.

He said: ‘Edward was absolutely over the moon. Not only was he interviewing the Chief Scout but also arguably Britain’s top adventurer who has some of the most entertaining programmes on the TV.

Bear’s visit was part of a chance to inspect how work is coming along on Team Britannia’s revolutionary powerboat and meet some of the injured veterans behind it.

The 80ft vessel is being painstakingly pieced together on Hayling Island ahead of a round-the-world record challenge in October.

As part of the celebrity’s whistle-stop tour, he also had the chance to meet the crew that will sail the powerboat.

And he was on hand to offer some sound words of advice ahead of the globe-trotting voyage later this year.

He said: ‘This is an amazing project. I love it and it is so important that everyone gets behind it. It is going to be an adventure of a lifetime.

‘It’s important people realise just what a challenge this is, what an adventure this is and how difficult it is. It’s going to be really tough out there.

‘This is a hugely ambitious project and I admire the crews tenacity and courage so much. Not only the expedition but the innovation, the support of injured service personnel and their promotion of British adventure.’

The adventure is being skippered by sailing legend Alan Priddy.

The last hurdle left is to install the boat’s huge engines.

They can hold 40,000 litres of diesel, which will be blended with sea water to ensure the boat burns less fuel.

The team hopes to complete the 23,000-mile voyage in under 60 days.