Paralympic Flame Festivals Announced

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Paralympic Flame Festivals Announced

Details of the London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay programme have been released, and all four countries of the UK will contribute towards the flame that lights the Olympic cauldron.

The first flame will be lit in London on Friday 24 August. Over the Bank Holiday weekend, Greater Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff will each get their own 'flame lighting moment'. Everyone will be encouraged to get involved with making lanterns for the Paralympic Flame Festivals.

The four countries' flames will visit local community groups and key locations in and around their home city. Then all flames will travel to Stoke Mandeville, home of the Paralympic Movement on 28 August. Four will become one and a 24 hour relay will see 580 Torchbearers, working in teams of five, transport the Paralympic flame to the Olympic Park for the opening ceremony on 29 August.

Information on how Torchbearers will be selected will follow shortly.

Have you put in your bid for Paralympic tickets yet? You have until 26 September.

Image: Seb Coe, Paralympians David Roberts, Aileen McGlynn and Danny Crates and children from the Get Set network at the announcement of the Paralympic Torch Relay.

Last Updated 15 September 2011