Paralympic torches lit on Britain's peaks

Wednesday August 22, 2012

Four Paralympic torches have been ignited in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to mark the one week countdown until the Games.

Teams scaled the highest peaks of the each home countries to light the flames which will come together at Stoke Mandeville for the start of the torch relay.

The torches were lit at the peak of Northern Ireland's Slieve Donard, Scotland's Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike in England's Lake District and on Snowdon in Wales, joined by Lord Coe.

The flames are then being carried down in lanterns ahead of celebrations in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast over the Bank Holiday weekend.

A 24-hour relay will leave Stoke Mandeville, the spiritual home of the Games, to arrive in Stratford in time for the opening ceremony in London.

Scout leader Richard Dorrian told the BBC: "We were not allowed to use natural firelighting equipment like matches so had to use dry grass and kindling. After a few attempts it ignited into the places it was supposed to ignite!"

Photo: © PA

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