To mark six months to go before the start of the Paralympic Games, The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has announced the areas across the UK which will hold Flame Celebrations as part of the Paralympic Torch Relay.
A number of sites throughout Cambridgeshire are to receive parts of the flame in a new concept for the Paralympic Torch Relay, where Four Flames will be lit in London, Greater Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff and then shared throughout the nation.
These events over the August Bank Holiday weekend will include:
Cambridge – the flame will be received in the closing ceremony of the ‘Paralympic sports fortnight’ in the city.
South Cambridgeshire – there will be a special lakeside event in Milton Country Park where music and activities will entertain local people as the flame arrives.
East Cambridgeshire – the flame is to received at a ceremony on Ely riverside, followed by a spectacular evening event on the Palace Green in Ely.
Fenland – there is a special event planned at the Hudson Leisure Centre, Wisbech involving the Fenland Disability Sports Forum (Fendis).
Huntingdonshire – the flame will arrive for an event at the Grafham Water Centre and be welcomed by the Burns Children Club.
Peterborough – there will be a showcase event involving a handcycle parade and the opening of the Peterborough Disability Games.
The four Flames will then be united at the Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony at Stoke Mandeville, the spiritual home of the Paralympic Movement to create the London 2012 Paralympic Flame. This Flame will be carried on a 24 hour overnight Relay to London and the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games.