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Bristol plumber scoops 15-month Antarctic heating job

A 47-year-old plumber from Bristol has beaten over 2,000 applicants to land a 15-month heating and water maintenance job on Antarctica.

Mark Green will have to contend with temperatures as low as -50C when he joins the British Antarctic Survey on the Bunt Ice Shelf - 800 miles from the South Pole - to maintain their heating, water and toilets.

Mr Green, who flies out to the station on 10 November, described his new job as the “opportunity of a lifetime.”

He said: “The farthest I've been before is Spain. But when I heard of this job on the radio I knew I'd always regret it if I didn't have a go.'

He is even taking his saxophone with him in the hope that he can form a band with some of the outpost’s 10 scientists and 42 support staff.