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29 Aug 2012

The journey of the Paralympic flame

From the highest peaks in the United Kingdom to the Olympic Stadium of London

The same enthusiasm that had accompanied the journey of the Olympic flame across the streets of the United Kingdom was renewed with the London 2012 Paralympic torch. Its journey started on August 22, when, from the highest peaks in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, four national flames were lit, then transferred inside mining lanterns in the capitals of the four nations. From August 24 to 27, with the lighting of the ceremonial cauldrons in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast, and the opening of the Flame Festivals, the general public was invited to support the Paralympic torch relay and the Paralympic Games. Following the celebrations, the four national flames reached Stoke Mandeville, the home of the Paralympic Movement, where they were united to form one single Paralympic flame. After the ceremony, the torch embarked on its 24-hour journey towards the London Olympic Stadium where, after travelling 92 miles and being carried by 580 torchbearers, it will light the Paralympic cauldron during the Opening Ceremony which, today August 29, will mark the start of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.