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Cambridge & Peterborough: Paralympic Torch
Details have been released about the Paralympic Torch relay across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
On Wednesday 22 August, the English Flame will be created at the summit of Scafell Pike.
At the same time, national flames will be created at the highest peaks in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The English flame will then be taken to Stoke Mandeville, the spiritual home of the Paralympic movement, where it will be united with the other three national flames.
On Friday 24 August, the flame will be collected from London's Trafalgar Square.
It will then be taken to Cambridge, the first stop on the Paralympic's flame journey across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
The full schedule for the flame's relay through Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is:
Friday 24th August 2012
Cambridge Paralympic Flame Celebration - 12.00pm - 4.30pm Netherhall Sports Centre, Cambridge.
Cambridgeshire Competes Paralympic Flame Celebration, 6.00pm - 7.00pm, Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Cambridge.
Saturday 25th August 2012
Papworth Trust Paralympic Flame Celebration - CLOSED EVENT.
South Cambridgeshire Paralympic Flame Celebration, 11.00am - 3.00pm Milton Country Park.
East Cambridgeshire Paralympic Flame Celebration, 2.30pm - 8.00pm Jubilee Gardens, Ely and Ely Museum.
Sunday 26th August 2012
Wisbech Museum Paralympic Flame Celebration, 10.00am - 11.45am, Wisbech Museum.
Fenland District Council Paralympic Flame Celebration 12.00pm - 5.00pm Hudson Leisure Centre, Wisbech.
Peterborough Museum Paralympic Flame Celebration, 4.00pm - 6.00pm, Peterborough Museum.
Monday 27th August 2012
Peterborough Diamond Games & Paralympic Flame Celebration, 9.00am - 4.00pm Embankment Sports & Athletics Arena, Peterborough.
Grafham Water Centre & Grafham Sailability Paralympic Flame Celebration - CLOSED EVENT.
The flame will then be taken to the Olympic Park in Stratford, London, in time for the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games.
Seb Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said: "We have created a unique identity for the Paralympic Torch Relay which will be celebration of courage, determination, inspiration and equality that every Paralympian represents.
By creating the English Flame through human endeavour at the summit of Scafell Pike we will ensure that the spirit of England is represented in the Paralympic Flame.
The Flame Celebrations will help us to spread the Flame across the country and I hope the people of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough will get involved and help us light the way to the Paralympic Games."
Our Local Paralympians.
A number of sportsmen and women from the Cambridgeshire area will be taking part in the Paralympic Games.
- John Cundy from Wisbech, who competes in the cycling track.
- Georgina Bullen from Shepreth, who competes in Goalball.
- Johnnie Peacock from Doddington, who competes in the 100 metre running race.
- Matt Skelhon from Stilton, who competes in the shooting.
- Dan West from Cambridge, who competes in the Shot Put.
- Harriet Lee from Huntingdon, trains in Peterborough, who competes in the 100 metre breast stroke in swimming.
- Lauren Steadman, from Peterborough and lives in Huntingdon, and competes in the swimming.
- Caroline MaClean from Haverhill and Sarah Grady from Ely who will both compete in the Wheelchair Basketball.
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