Mr Carson! Downton Abbey butler Jim Carter joins 1,000 mile bicycle tour
Wednesday 28 August 2013
Downton Abbey star Jim Carter has taken part in a 1,000 mile cycle tour as part of a bid to recreate the spirit of the Olympics.
The actor's leg of the ride, from St Neots in Cambridgeshire to Bedford today, followed new cycle routes and he was accompanied by a group of volunteer cyclists.
It is part of Pedal On UK, a UK-wide series of community festivals organised by charity Sustrans and backed by the Big Lottery Fund's Keeping the Spirit of 2012 Alive campaign.
Carter, who plays butler Charles Carson in the popular period drama, said: "The hardest part of riding a bike is getting it out of the shed.
"The minute I'm on my bike and start pedalling - the world suddenly seems a much better place
"I support the wonderful work of Sustrans and can't wait to join in the Pedal On UK bike ride.
"I would urge anyone who has been thinking of getting their bikes out of mothballs to pump up their tyres and join in. You are guaranteed to feel better afterwards."
After the leg, Pedal On UK will continue around the country and will see events in cities and towns including Birmingham, Belfast, Newcastle and Glasgow.
Downton Abbey will return to ITV1 in the autumn for a fourth series.
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Half of young women unable to ‘locate vagina’ and 65% find it difficult to say the word
- 2 Emma Watson on Jennifer Lawrence naked photo leak: 'Even worse than seeing women's privacy violated is reading the comments'
- 3 Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
- 4 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 5 Mexican woman becomes world’s 'oldest person' at 127
Scottish independence referendum: Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai and Frightened Rabbit to play in support of Yes campaign
Jessica Chastain demands Scarlett Johansson-fronted Marvel superhero movie
Downton Abbey series 5 start date revealed: ITV drama to return in late September
Nicki Minaj suffers wardrobe malfunction during MTV VMAs performance with Ariana Grande and Jessie J
Olivia Colman and Mary Berry top Radio Times' female power list
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
Ashya King: 'Cruel NHS has not given us the treatment we need', says father of five-year-old with brain tumour who fled to Spain