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Paralympic Lantern route in York confirmed

London Paralympics 2012

5:43pm 13th August 2012

The route of York’s Paralympic Lantern has been confirmed for Friday 24th August and will include a stop at York Minster and Acomb Front Street.

Yorkshire’s Paralympic Lantern will be lit in a special event at Trafalgar Square that morning, and will be carried by train to York Station. Yorkshire schoolboy Evan Whitton will be among those on the train. The seven-year-old from Silsden near Keighley has cerebral palsy. Following an operation, he says he was inspired by a school project about the Olympics he is now able to walk short distances.

The Yorkshire Lantern will be split between five lanterns at the Royal York Hotel and will be taken to events at Leeds, Sheffield, Huddersfield and Beverley.

The York Paralympic Lantern, however, will travel by decorated open top bus to York Minster where residents and visitors are encouraged to gather to cheer it on its way. Aboard the bus will be the civic party who’ll be joining in with the city’s Hands and Voices Choir, one of the UK’s first singing and signing choirs which is part of the York-based charity Accessible Arts & Media. There will be a road closure in place at Duncombe Place only from 13:45 to 14:30.

The bus will then tour up Bootham, Water Lane, Carr Lane and on to Front Street, Acomb. There, an escort of accessible bicycles will join the bus and lead it on to Energise Leisure Centre on Cornlands Road.

There the lantern will shine at City of York Council’s third annual and Inspire-Marked Celebrating Ability Day. This showcases the physical activity and sport opportunities delivered across the city for disabled people who may have a physical, sensory or learning disability.

This free, all-day event runs from 10am-5pm and is open to all ages and ability levels. It includes a series of sports taster sessions led by voluntary sports clubs and the council’s Sport and Active Leisure Team. 

The numerous activities in the sports hall will include badminton, Boccia, goalball, a sportsability session, sound tennis, and a wheelchair skills session from WhizzKidz charity. In the pool, athletes of varying abilities can make a splash with an open swim session and the climbing wall will offer sessions with adaptive equipment if needed. On the Astroturf athletics will be run by City of York Athletics Club and football by Copmanthorpe FC.

Councillor Sonja Crisp, cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said:

“The quality of Celebrating Ability Day and City of York Council’s work to include disabled people is a broad spectrum of sports has secured the Paralympic Lantern a visit to York. It is very welcome indeed and we hope will serve to inspire more people to get more active.”

An easy-read timetable is being updated at www.york.gov.uk/yorkgold2012.

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