Community and living, Culture

Lambeth to welcome Paralympic torch relay

Lambeth residents will have the chance to see the Paralympic torch relay when it visits the borough on August 29th.

The flame will be carried into Lambeth via Lambeth Bridge at approximately 11.44 am, where it will travel down Lambeth Palace Road, York Road, Chicheley Street, onto Jubilee Gardens, along the walkway on the South Bank before heading out of Lambeth across Waterloo Bridge at around 12.17pm.

Huge crowds turned out to see the Olympic torch when it visited the borough at the end of July, and Lambeth Council is expecting another carnival atmosphere for the Paralympic Torch relay, as people are spurred on by Team GB’s terrific Olympic medal haul and the promise of many more British medals  in the Paralympics.

The streets along which the Paralympic Flame will be carried during the Torch Relay can be viewed in full at http://www.london2012.com/paralympictorchrelay.  The map gives street-by-street details and estimated start times for when the Paralympic Flame will travel through Lambeth.

116 teams of five Torchbearers will carry the Olympic Flame along the 92 mile route from Stoke Mandeville to the Stratford Park where the Relay will conclude at approximately 10pm. Altogether 620 inspirational torch bearers will get to be part of history by carrying the flame.

Cllr Sally Prentice, Cabinet Member for Culture on Lambeth Council, said:

“It was such a fantastic day when Lambeth welcomed the Olympic Flame in July, the atmosphere was incredible, and I know that the Paralympic Flame will get a similar reception. It’s brilliant that we get to experience the excitement all over again.

“Over the past two weeks we’ve all been thrilled by Team GB’s terrific performance and made truly proud of how London came together to stage a amazing games, and personally I can’t wait for the Paralympics to start.“

Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said: “The Paralympic Torch Relay celebrates the Paralympic values of courage, determination, inspiration and equality. Whether they have been together for years, or brought together around a common story, each team of five Torchbearers represents the Paralympic values and the power of human endeavour. Today we invite people to show their support for the Torchbearers by coming out to cheer them on as they make their way through Lambeth and help us lead the way to the Paralympic Games.”

People are invited to make and light a lantern in celebration of the Torchbearers to help lead their way along the route. See http://www.london2012.com/lightalantern for more details and a guide on how make a lantern.





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