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.