Thursday 30 August 2012
The eyes of the world were on Stoke Mandeville on Tuesday 28 August as the four flames created on the four highest peaks in the UK were brought together to create the Paralympic Flame.
In a flame-lighting ceremony at Stoke Mandevillle Stadium in front of 3,000 people torchbearers carried the English, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish flames onto the stage where they were used to light a single Paralympic Flame in a cauldron.
From this Flame Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee, then lit a torch at begin the 24-hour Paralympic Torch Relay. The Relay left the Stadium and went first to the centre of Aylesbury where there was an evening-long celebration. It then carried on to Chiltern villages and towns including Aston Clinton, Tring and Berkhamsted and continued through Hertfordshire and into London.
At the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony on 29th August both Lord Coe and Sir Philip Craven gave a special mention to Stoke Mandeville and to Dr Ludwig Guttman, founder of the Paralympic Games, who was based there.