Paralympic torch travels in the UK
- Wednesday, August 22, 2012
On Wednesday 22 August, four groups of Scouts and mountaineers climbed the highest peaks of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and used traditional techniques to kindle flames that will be united to form the London 2012 Paralympic Flame.
- Friday, August 24, 2012
Trafalgar SquareCity of Westminster, WC2N 5DN, United Kingdom | 020 7983 4750The paralympic cauldron was lit in London’s Trafalgar Square as part of the Paralympic Flame visit to London. The cauldron was lit by Claire Lomas a disability rights campaigner and the first person to complete a marathon in a bionic suit. After the cauldron-lighting, 26 flame ambassadors each collected a splinter of the flame in a lantern to take back to celebrations being held around the country.
Speaking at the ceremony Prime Minister David Cameron said:
”After a fortnight of Olympics withdrawal symptoms, it’s time to dust off the GB flags and get ready for two more weeks of spectacular sport. The London Paralympic Games 2012 are finally here.
“Already this is looking to be an incredible event. Ticket sales have smashed records. Some sessions have been sold out for months. Our Paralympic venues are looking fantastic. Our team are geared up to beat the medal count they made in Beijing: 102 medals and second in the table.
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- Saturday, August 25, 2012
The Paralympic flame started its journey across Northern Ireland after being lit by paralympian Angela Hendra at Stormont today.
Angela was invited by the London 2012 Organising Committee to light the cauldron after winning three silver, three bronze and one gold medal at four Paralympic Games between 1972 and 1984. She has also worked as a volunteer in disability sport for 40 years and is Chair of Disability Sports NI.
- Sunday, August 26, 2012
Celebrations were held in Edinburgh following the lighting of a cauldron using the Scottish Paralympic National Flame, which was lit at the top of Ben Nevis by Scouts.
Rosie Smith from Glasgow lit the ceremonial cauldron after being nominated by Capability Scotland after she led their first ever Ben Nevis event which involved teams of disabled and non-disabled people working together to conquer the UK's highest peak.
- Monday, August 27, 2012
The Paralympic Cauldron was lit in Cardiff using the Welsh National Paralympic Flame, which had been lit on 22 August by Scouts at the top of Mount Snowdon. The ceremonial cauldron was lit by double gold medal-winning cyclist Simon Richardson.
- Tuesday, August 28, 2012
On the eve of the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, up to 3,000 invited guests, including Paralympians, representatives from disability groups and local residents attended a special ceremony at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the spiritual home of the Paralympic Movement to create the Paralympic Flame and witness the start of the 24-hour Torch Relay.
- Wednesday, August 29, 2012
On the last day of the Paralympic Torch relay, the Flame was carried by inspirational Torchbearers through London.
The relay made its way from London Zoo, down Regent's Street, through Trafalgar Square and then down historic Westminister, before heading to East London and finishing at the Olympic Stadium.
Olympic StadiumStratford, London, Greater London E20 2ST, United Kingdom | 0845 267 2012A spectacular opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium, set to the theme of 'Enlightenment', launched the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The ceremony ended with an impressive fireworks display, marking the start of 11 days of sport.
Jeremy Hunt said:
‘The Paralympic Games have come home to Britain – and it will be the biggest Games yet, with more athletes, more countries and more spectators than ever before. The talent, commitment and inspiration of the Torchbearers, and ParalympicsGB, reminds us all what can be achieved when we focus on what people can do, rather than what they can’t. I know the whole country will be backing ParalympicsGB throughout the next 10 days of world-class sport.
- total distance: 1,508 miles (2.427 km)