London 2012: Officials reveal Paralympic flame details
London 2012 officials reveal key details behind Paralympic torch relay with exactly six months to go until the start of the Games
London 2012 officials have unveiled key details behind the Paralympic torch relay with exactly six months to go until the start of the Games.
More than 3,500 people across the UK have been nominated to carry the flame while 33 communities will stage celebration events over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Four flames will be lit, one each in London, Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff, for a week-long relay. They will then converge on Stoke Mandeville, the spiritual home of the Paralympics, on the eve of the Games.
From there one torch will travel through the night in a 24 hour relay from Buckinghamshire to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.
Organisers Locog have also unveiled the design of the Paralympic torch, which unlike the Olympic version, has been given a mirrored and reflective finish, which means its colour will adapt to its surroundings.
“With six months to go until the start of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, we are on track to deliver a great Games that will showcase some of the most inspirational athletes from around the world,” said London 2012 chairman Seb Coe.
“The Paralympic torch relay will provide the perfect start by involving people from across the UK in events celebrating the Flame and help the ignite passion for the Paralympics.”
Planning for the event has been welcomed by International Paralympic Committee president Sir Phillip Craven, who believes the multi-flame concept should be adopted by future organising committees.
“Locog and the IPC have worked closely to develop a concept that will not only capture the attention of the whole country but also act as a blueprint for future Games,” he said.
“I think it is brilliant that the actual Paralympic flame, that will be used to light the cauldron in the opening ceremony on 29 August, will be created at Stoke Mandeville, a place steeped in Paralympic history.
“The Games are coming home in six months time and it is only right that we celebrate the significance of Stoke Mandeville, the Paralympic Movement’s birthplace.”