TV star and survival expert Bear Grylls in Newham

TV star and survival expert Bear Grylls was in Newham at the weekend inspiring youngsters.

The former SAS soldier who has risen to fame with books and televised adventures across the globe was in the borough as the UK’s Chief Scout.

He spent time with Newham scouts at the Outdoors in the City venue in Freemasons Road in Custom House where they were taking part in a Scouting Skills Challenge Day.

The youngsters took part in almost 20 different activities, illustrating the different aspects of scouting. They included zip wire, wall climbing, team building exercises, map reading, compass work, backwards skills and basic first aid.

He spent half an hour at the Custom House centre which is run by Community Links.

The Chief Scout spent time talking to the young scouts, answering questions about his adventures and signing scarves before moving onto his next location.

Bear Grylls is one of about 30 people to have climbed Mount Everest. He was also one of the youngest at 23 when in May 1998 he entered the record books for making it to the top of the mountain which has claimed many lives. In 2003 he completed another ground-breaking expedition by leading a team across the North Atlantic Arctic Ocean.