June 19 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The Paralympic Torch will be taken to London landmarks including the Abbey Road crossing, be carried by torchbearers nominated by Prince Harry and be taken through Trafalgar Square by a team including Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.
The Flame will get to London in the early hours of tomorrow morning.
At 6.25am it will be taken to the Shree Swaminaryan Mandir Temple in Brent. Later in the morning, at around 8.47am it will be carried across the Abbey Road crossing, and just 20 minutes later it will go to Lord’s Cricket Ground, where a group of cricketers who compete in the UK’s first blind women’s cricket team will carry the Flame.
Five previously unemployed people with disabilities, who have now all trained and qualified as fitness gym instructors, will carry the Flame at ZSL London Zoo.
They are Adam Hollick, 23, from Rainham; John Craig, 22, from London; Fiona Forsyth, 50, from Luton; Charlie Humphrys, 22, from Wrexham; and Aruna Mahtani, 50, from London.
At 10.49am the Flame will be carried through Piccadilly Circus, and then a few minutes later through Trafalgar Square. Among the torchbearers carrying the Flame through Trafalgar Square is Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who won 16 Paralympic medals including 11 golds.
Also on the team is Michael Watson, who was a professional boxer until 1993 when he was left with a brain injury after boxing Chris Eubank.
Despite not being expected to live he went onto learn to walk, talk and to use his limbs again and successfully completed the London Marathon in six days in 2003. He now devotes his time to charity work and inspirational speaking.
Egidijus Bartkus, 34, from Banbury, was nominated for his work running basketball and badminton clubs, as well as coaching archery to aspiring athletes.
Chris Holmes, Britain’s most successful individual Paralympic swimmer ever, lost his sight at the aged of 14 but went on to gain straight As at A-level and a place at Cambridge University to read politics.
Prince Harry nominated the team of torchbearers from Walking with the Wounded, who will carry the Paralympic Flame down Whitehall at 11.04am. The team are Harry Parker, Felix Daglish, and Simon Daglish, all from London; Edward Parker, from Norwich; and David Wiseman, from North Yorkshire.
A team from torchbearers from Chelsea FC’s pan-disability squad will carry the Paralympic Flame to Westminster Abbey at 11.14am. Among them is Jay Beckford, 32, from Southwark, who was nominated for the way he has excelled at pan-disability levels of football, including outstanding performances against fully-mobile, learning-disabled squads.
The Flame will be taken across Tower Bridge at 1.12pm by a team including Alison Nagata, 33, from Stratford. She was nominated by her sister for how she overcame serious illness to qualify as a physiotherapist. She has since dedicated her time to helping injured sports people.
The Paralympic Torch will be taken to City Hall at 1.22pm by a group of Paralympians, including Jan Wilson, 57, and Jim Muirhead, 58, both from London.
Jan competed in the 1980, 1984 and 1988 Summer Paralympic Games as a swimmer winning one gold, six silver and five bronze medals.
Jim competed at three Paralympic Games winning 13 medals, including five golds.
In the late afternoon and evening the Flame will visit the Olympic host boroughs. At 6.20pm it will be taken to Hackney Town Hall, and at 7.30pm it will go to the community celebration in Leyton Jubilee Park, Waltham Forest.
At 9.57pm a team of torchbearers will carry the Paralympic Flame into the community live site at Stratford Park, Newham.
The Flame will then be taken to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.