A Spar retailer took his turn as an Olympic torchbearer earlier this week.
Mike Blowing, of Great Kingshill Village Store, carried the torch as it passed through Aylesbury during the morning.
After running his leg, he hosted a fun event at his store in High Wycombe between 3.30pm and 6.30pm where visitors were able to sample various different products, enjoy wine tasting and take home a bag of treats.
There was also entertainment for children in the form of face painting, balloon modelling, a Cadbury character and goodie bags.
A long queue formed for visitors to have their photograph taken with Mike Blowing and the Olympic torch and a raffle in aid of the NSPCC raised more than £500.
Spar was given a torchbearer place by Lloyds TSB and Blowing was chosen by his wholesaler AF Blakemore as the “ideal candidate” due to the volume of community work he does. He is well known for supporting local projects and is highly involved with a local school.
He said: “This was an absolutely fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It was a brilliant day and I am really proud. I would like to say thank you to everyone who came to my store after the torch relay and made the day into a huge success.”