LOCOG unveils Paralympic Torch

The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has unveiled the Paralympic Torch to mark six months to go until the start of the Paralympic Games. The torch has been given a mirrored finish to reflect the light of the flame and teams of torchbearers that carry it.

It has been revealed that 33 communities across the UK will host to flame celebrations over the August bank holiday weekend
, and over 3,500 people across the UK will carry the torch.

Four flames will be lit as part of a new concept for the Paralympic Torch Relay, one each in London, Greater Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff. The Flames will be lit using the energy of physical human endeavour. Each nation will also host events celebrating the Flame Lightings. The four Flames will be united on August 28 at the Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony at Stoke Mandeville, the spiritual home of the Paralympic Movement to create the London 2012 Paralympic Flame. This flame will then on August 29 be carried on a 24-hour overnight relay to London and the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games.

The Paralympic Torch RElay is being supported by BT, Lloyds TSB and Sainsbury’s.