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Paralympic Flame Comes To York

London Paralympics 2012

9:25am 24th August 2012

York is gearing up to welcome the Paralympic Flame.

When it reaches the city it will be split in to 5 separate lanterns which will go to different parts of Yorkshire.

After an open top parade it will end up at Energise in Acomb where Celebrate Ability Day is taking place.

Paralympic Torch Information.

1.15pm Private reception at Royal York Hotel.  Alan Bell, official starter at London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and what he is looking forward to at the Paralympic Games (- media allowed).

1.30pm Open topped bus arrives at Royal York Hotel.

1.35pm Paralympic Flame arrives at York Station and walked through to the Royal York Hotel and into the Reading Room.

1.40pm Lord Mayor to welcome the Paralympic Flame to the city 1.45pm Splitting of Flame into 4 additional flames for Huddersfield, Sheffield, Leeds and Beverley (Sianagh Gallagher to hold York Flame - Photo Opportunity).

1.30 - 1.45pm Hands and Voices Choir of 20 choir members and two conductors get on the bus.

1.50pm Attendees to get on the bus

2.15pm Bus arrives at York Minster with four police outriders. Road closure to motor vehicles 13:45-14:30

2.30pm Hands and Voices perform a song and signing at the Minster (Photo Opportunity).

3.00pm Bus stops on Front Street, Acomb (Methodist Church), four Paralympic Torch Bearers and their nominators will transfer from the bus to accessible bikes (Graham Titchener on 07799 861572 ) These are Sianagh Gallagher (+ mother Jade Ross), Robin Plumley (+ Sarah Charlton), Calum Japes (+ May Simpson) and Dom Smith (+ Jade Aiken or Heather Niven).

3.15pm Arrive at Energise.

3.15pm Hands and Voices to leave bus first and set up inside Energise Sports Hall.

3.15pm All disabled sportspeople nominated to carry the Paralympic flame into Energise take it into the leisure centre

3.20pm Hands and Voices to burst into welcoming song to celebrate the arrival of the Lantern.

3.25pm Cllr Sonja Crisp to welcome the Lantern to Celebrating Ability Day.

3.30pm Alan Rayment (para-triathlete) to say a few words on this, his attendance at three Celebrating Ability Events, and about his continued training to be part of the 2016 GB Team in Rio de Janeiro.

3.35pm Chris Oakley, a visually-impaired Goalball athlete, plays centre for Great Britain Goalball squad and has competed in a number of national competitions. Not taking part in London 2012 due to injury sustained during qualifying stages, Chris is a favourite for the GB squad in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

3.40pm Cllr. Crisp, Alan Rayment and Chris Oakley to present Celebrating Ability Medals to all participants, assisted by the City of York Council’s Sport and Active Leisure Team.

Important Note About The Parlympic Torch Route.

City of York Council Statement:

"A hole has opened up overnight in Gale Lane between its junction with Front Street and Cornlands Road. While City of York Council arranges repairs with Yorkshire Water, access to Celebrating Ability Day to Energise can be made via the Tadcaster Road end of Gale Lane, or via Askham Lane and Cornlands Road.

A decision will be made at lunchtime as to whether this detour will also be taken by the open topped bus carrying the Paralympic Lantern from the Minster to Energise, after it joins its escort of accessible bikes  ridden by disabled cyclists at Front Street. " 

Celebrate Ability Day:

On the 24th August 2012, York is holding the third annual Celebrating Ability Day. This is a one-day celebration of disability sport in York only days to go until the London 2012 Paralympics. From 10.00am - 5.00pm at the Energise leisure centre, you can come along and try out lots of different sports for free in taster sessions run by community clubs.

To celebrate this great event, the Paralympic Lantern will be arriving at Energise between 3.00 - 4.00pm and a celebration ceremony will be held to mark this once in a lifetime moment.

We will have a number of special guests including Paratriathlete Alan Rayment and goalball player Chris Oakley. Anyone and everyone is welcome and there will be lots to do on the day.

Please use this timetable to look at the many events that are on and plan which ones you would like to take part in, free of charge. You don't need to have a disability to take part and we would like you to bring all your friends and family.

Come along and be inspired to take up a new sport, get involved with volunteering, or just to learn more about disability sport.

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