Paralympic Flame CelebrationsBy Marianne Lampon -
Head down to Aylesbury on Friday 2nd September to join in with celebrations for the upcoming Paralympic Games.
For the second time, the Paralympic Flame starts its journey at the Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony from Stoke Mandeville Stadium to the host city of the Games.
Stoke Mandeville is the birthplace of the Paralympic movement and was the home of the first Wheelchair Games in 1948. It also co-hosted the Paralympic Games in 1984. It is the only venue outside the host nation of Brazil to play a role in creating the Paralympic Flame.
The Heritage Flame will combine with others travelling to Rio from across Brazil to ignite the flame which marks the start of the Paralympic Games.
Although the Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony is now fully booked, there is still lots to get involved with on Friday.
From 10am, the ParalympicsGB Carnival at Stoke Mandeville Stadium will give people the opportunity to try a variety of sports, take on testing challenges and meet inspiring stars from previous Paralympic Games.
The second event, the Flame Celebration, will take place in Vale Park. There will be a whole host of entertainment including colourful carnival dancers, fire breathing, stilt walkers and more. There will even be performances from the Aylesbury Cheerleading Academy and the Disability Karate Federation.
If you want a thrill, check out Tom Smith’s Fun Fair at the Celebration. The fair has taken accessibility into account, with ramps to help get on to rides and low sensory times meaning that as many people as possible can enjoy the fair.
Don’t miss out on all sorts of scrumptious food and drink including a Brazilian style BBQ.
After 8pm, the Parade of Light will enter Vale Park. It will be led by the Heritage Flame, carried by Bob O’Shea, former Paralympic Rugby captain. It will be an explosion of colour and music. With the carnival procession of 500 disabled people carrying flags and banners, the Torque Samba band and carnival dancers, the Parade of Light is not to be missed.
For more information on the ParalympicsGB Carnival in Stoke Mandeville Stadium click here.
For more information on the Flame Celebration event at Vale Park click here.