• A close up of the Paralympic Flames being lit between teams during the 24 hour relay from Stoke Mandeville to East London.London Olympics website
  • Three young people from London 2012’s international sports legacy programme, International Inspiration, Mary Tarimo, Erica Kouassi, Anthony Kipps were given a once in a lifetime opportunity as they joined Morwenna Spencer and Osman Hussain, carrying the Paralympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Lambeth and The City of London.London Olympics website
  • The Paralympic Flame is carried over Tower Bridge on the Torch Relay leg between Tower Hamlets and Southwark.London Olympics website
  • Torchbearing team 102 Terri Bush, Paul Atkins, Niall Dempsey, and others carry the Paralympic Flame by boat on the Thames during the Torch Relay leg between Lewisham and Greenwich.London Olympics website
  • Torchbearing team 108 Yusuf Ondes, Otto Max Hans Georg Nader, Neil Howarth, Greta Van Damme carry the Paralympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg through Tower Hamlets during the 24 hour Paralympic Torch Relay.London Olympics website
  • Torchbearing team 111 Victoria Bacon, Sarah Hope, Philippa Wilkinson, Jennifer Evans and Bronwen Hinton carry the Paralympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Hackney and Waltham Forest as the Paralympic Flame makes it's way towards Stratford.London Olympics website
  • Paralympian Margaret Maughan, a gold medallist in the Rome 1960 Paralympic Games, lights the Paralympic Cauldron at the close of the Opening CeremonyLondon Olympics website
  • A zip wire carries Royal Marine Commander Joe Townsend and the Paralympic Flame from the top of the Orbit down onto the Stadium's field of play.London Olympics website
  • An aspiring Paralympic athlete - Joe Townsend - descends into the Stadium on a zip wire with the Paralympic Flame.London Olympics website
  • Torchbearing team 122, including Greegan Clarkson, Caroline Baird, Argyle Bird, carry the Paralympic Flame through Newham in the concluding stages of the Paralympic Torch Relay.London Olympics website
  • Torchbearers pose for photographs outside the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir temple, as they carry the Paralympic Flame through Brent.London Olympics website
  • The Paralympic Flame is created in Stoke Mandeville using the four National Flames lit by scouts at the highest peaks of each of the UK's nations.London Olympics website
  • Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee, leads the first group of Torchbearers through Aylesbury on the opening leg of the 24-hour Paralympic Torch Relay. Sir Philip took part in five Paralympic Games between 1972 and 1988.London Olympics website
  • The Paralympic Flame has started its journey from Stoke Mandeville to the Olympic Park in Stratford.London Olympics website
  • The Paralympic Flame is passed from one team of Torchbearers to the next, as the Relay passes through Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.London Olympics website
  • Torchbearers Sam Crossley, Sally Bishop, Maisie Mcgarvey, Lorna Marsh and Elizabeth Rose with the Paralympic Flame in Aylesbury.London Olympics website
  • As the world wakes up on the day of the Opening Ceremony, Torchbearers Meigan Lyons, Lesley Anne Newman, Kathlyn Smedley, Hannah Lane, Dora Witcomb carry the Paralympic Flame through Harrow.London Olympics website

The Paralympic Games kicked off on Aug 29 in London following a grand Paralympic Torch relay across the British capital on Friday.

Slideshow: 2012 Paralympic Games: 24-hour Torch Relay in Pictures

On the eve of the Opening Ceremony, More than 30,000 spectators witnessed the torch relay of four national flames that were united to create the Paralympic Flame at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Buckinghamshire. Stoke Mandevlle is a village in UK, which first hosted the Paralympic event.

The first team of Torchbearers, which included President of the International Paralympic Committee Sir Philip Craven, set off from Stoke Mandeville and passed the National Spinal Injuries Centre on its way.

Over the course of its 24-hour journey to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London, the Flame traveled 92 miles, which was carried by 580 inspirational Torchbearers, all working in teams of five.

On arrival in London, the Paralympic Flame visited iconic London landmarks including Lord's Cricket Ground, London Zoo, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge and City Hall.

The communities that the relay passed through are: Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury, Western Turville, Aston Clinton, Tring, Berkhamstead, Bourne End, Watford, Bushey, Harrow, Brent, Barnet, Westminster, Camden, Lambeth, City of London, Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Lewisham, Greenwich, Hackney, Waltham Forest, Barking & Dagenham and Newham.

Held post the Summer Games, the Paralympic Games is a major international multi-sport event that witnesses disabled and physically challenged sportspersons taking part in several sports categories. The Games will go on till Sep 9.

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