Jeremy Hunt was left red-faced when a bell he was ringing flew off its handle during an Olympics celebration - narrowly missing an innocent bystander.
It happened moments after he promised that there would be no hitches during the 2012 Games.
The Culture Secretary was ringing the bell enthusiastically on the deck of HMS Belfast when the brass become detached from its wooden handle and shot through the air above the deck of the Second World War cruiser.
He watched helplessly as the bell disappeared among a group of Olympics fans. Fortunately, the bell missed everyone and the MP continued with the celebrations.