Delight as Paralympic Torch route through Cambridgeshire revealed

Lucky towns and cities in Cambridgeshire have been unveiled as some of the select few that will take part in the Paralympic Torch Relay.

To mark the six months to go before the start of the Paralympic Games, The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has announced six areas in Cambridgeshire that will take part in the UK-wide Flame Celebrations in August.

The Paralympic Torch Relay will involve Four Flames being lit in London, Greater Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff and then shared throughout the nation.

One of the flames will reach the county on August Bank Holiday weekend (25 to 27) and will be received in Cambridge during the closing ceremony of the city’s Paralympics Sports Fortnight.

It will also make an appearance at a special lakeside event at Milton Country Park and Ely, the second historic Cambridgeshire city to receive the torch with an evening of entertainment on the Palace Green.

The flame will be welcomed by the Burns Children Club at Grafham Water Centre at Perry, Huntingdon. It will also visit Wisbech and Peterborough.

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.

On Tuesday, August 28, this flame will be carried on a 24 hour overnight Relay to London and the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games.

Councillor Martin Curtis, who leads on the Olympics at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “It is fantastic news to hear parts of the Paralympic flame are coming to our county.”

A total of 34 communities around the country are taking part in the Flame Celebrations.

For more information visit www.london2012.com/get-involved/local-leaders/lantern-festival.

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