Bishop Roger nominated to carry Olympic flame

A PORTISHEAD resident is on the shortlist to become a carrier of the Olympic torch.

Retired bishop Roger Sainsbury, who is chairman of Portishead Youth Centre’s redevelopment committee, was nominated by his friend Dave Wiles for his dedication to youth work.

Known to many as Bishop Roger, Mr Sainsbury has been shortlisted by the London 2012 Olympic committee and will find out in the coming weeks if he will become a torchbearer.

The 75-year-old had his first taste of youth work as a student helper at the Portishead Nautical Approved School between 1958-1960.

His work took him all over the country and he became heavily involved in the National Youth Agency and the Centre of Youth Ministry.

When he moved back to Portishead in 2002 he became dedicated to Portishead Youth Centre and if he is successful, Bishop Roger says he will use the opportunity to raise funds towards the running costs of the centre.