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The Olympics start tonight, but Aylesbury is already looking forward to the Paralympic Games.

An official Paralympic flame will be lit at Stoke Mandeville Stadium to start the Paralympics, but there is also going to be a big Rio-themed Flame celebration at Vale Park at the same time.

Mix96 will be hosting the evening on the 2nd of September, which will also be part of the torches route

2016 marks the second occasion that the Paralympic Flame starts its official journey to the host city, from Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the birth place of the Paralympic movement.

Paralympic flame

Music and entertainment will be brought to you live from us, here at Mix96.

There are a host of activities and a fun fair too; with special ramps to aid access to the rides, as well as having low sensory times, when the lights and music will be turned off, so that those with multi-sensory disorders can also enjoy the thrill of a fair-ground ride.

This is the first time that such an all-inclusive fun fair has been provided in the area.

At approximately 8pm, once the Heritage Flame has been officially lit at the lighting ceremony in Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the Parade of Light will enter and circle Vale Park.

This is a bright and colourful carnival procession of 500 disabled people, carrying flags and banners especially made for the event.

The Parade of Light will be led by the Heritage Flame, carried by Bob O’Shea, former Paralympic Rugby captain.

The Parade of Light will then continue, as the Flame is passed hand-to-hand around the park in a symbolic uniting the Flame with the people of Buckinghamshire.

If you want to be part of that and actually hold the paralympic flame then keep checking this website as we'll be giving you the chance to get involved over the next couple of weeks.

 

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One of the most succesful Paralympians in history will be lighting the Flame in Aylesbury next week ahead of the Rio Paralympics.

Tanni Grey-Thompson will light the Paralympic Heritage flame at Stoke Mandeville Stadium next Friday to clebrate Aylesbury as the birthplace of the paralympics.

It will then join with flames from across Brazil to form the Paralympic flame for Rio.

Paralympic Torch

The London 2012 Paralympic Torch

Organisers from the Bucks Legacy Board this week revealed the news of her involvement as they pledged to make the events in Stoke Mandeville and Aylesbury an integral and unforgettable part of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony is part of the lead-up to the fifteenth summer Paralympic Games. Stoke Mandeville, as the birthplace of the Paralympic movement, is the only venue outside the host nation of Brazil to play a role in creating the Paralympic Flame at the opening ceremony. The Heritage Flame will combine with others travelling to Rio from across Brazil to ignite the flame which marks the start of the Paralympic Games on 7 September. This tradition began two years ago before the Sochi Winter Games and followed the lighting of the Paralympic Torch and start of the Paralympic Torch Relay in 2012.

Baroness Grey-Thompson said:

"I spent most of my childhood at Stoke Mandeville. It's such an important part of the Paralympic movement and it's great it's being recognised around the world. It's where it all began.

"It's going to be an incredible ceremony and really nicely thought out. I'm really excited about being there - it's going to be very moving."

Stoke Mandeville Stadium

While an audience of 1,400 ticket holders will witness the Heritage Flame being lit at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, thousands more will be celebrating in a carnival atmosphere in Aylesbury's Vale Park to give the Flame a fitting send-off as it is transferred to Rio.

Baroness Grey-Thompson urged the public to flock to the event in Vale Park, particularly as a way of showing their support for the GB team who are competing in Rio.

"It's going to be a massive celebration and a really good party,"

"People should come along - it shows the support for the Paralympics. It's a great way to wish good luck to ParalympicsGB."

The Baroness, 47, is a former British wheelchair racer, now a member of the house of Lords, speaker and television commentator. She was born with spina bifida and joined the British Wheelchair Racing Squad aged 17, competing in the Paralympic Games over 16 years and winning eleven gold, four silver and one bronze medals - breaking 30 world records during her glittering career.

Penny Mordaunt, Minister of State for Disabled People, Work and Health, said:

"This will be a fantastic celebration of the Paralympics and their importance in transforming global attitudes to disabled people. The Games are testament to the potential disabled people have and I want to make sure that legacy is carried beyond sports stadia to the wider population."

Tim Reddish OBE, Chairman of the British Paralympic Association, said:

"It is important for the growing Paralympic movement to honour its birthplace. We are rightly proud of our role in the history of the Paralympic movement. It will make me very proud to be sat in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony which will feature the Heritage Flame lighting here in Stoke Mandeville and then to welcome the ParalympicsGB team. This will be our most competitive team at the most competitive Games yet. We know that the performances of the team in Rio will inspire a better world for disabled people."

Paralympic Flame Ceremony - Stoke Mandeville

Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony 2012

Martin McElhatton, member of the Bucks Legacy Board which has organised the Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony, said:

"As the place where the Paralympic movement began it is important for Stoke Mandeville to play its part in supporting the success of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. This event will celebrate the achievements of Paralympians throughout the decades and the inspirational vision of founder Sir Ludwig Guttmann. Thanks to Arts Council England and our partners we are able to make this a truly memorable occasion and it's not too late for other organisations to show their support and solidarity. It is wonderful that we can send the Heritage Flame and our good luck wishes to everyone taking part in the Games in Rio from the spiritual home here at Stoke Mandeville."

During the daytime on 2 September, Stoke Mandeville Stadium will also host the ParalympicsGB Carnival, the first of six family-friendly activity days around the UK organised by the British Paralympic Association and supported by the Spirit of 2012. This free fun day at the Stadium offers a chance for anyone and everyone to meet Paralympians, try out Paralympic sports, talk to those involved in running them and discover what is available in their own area.

 

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Just a bit odd that the "heritage flame" is being lit a day after the relay flame in Brazil (although I suppose it makes sense within the meaning of the word "heritage"):

 

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4 hours ago, JMarkSnow2012 said:

However, here is the ceremony for the lighting of the 2016 "Heritage Flame" in all its eccentric loopiness:

 

 

So they did away with the Armillary Sphere?  It did seem over-the-top 2 years ago, but they also spent quite a bit on that one, only to retire it after one use??  And now, they bring it out on small wheelbarrow, like a birthday cake????  :blink:  If that is their idea of small budgets, then I don't blame the Brazilians for cutting back on these Games.  :wacko: 

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5 hours ago, baron-pierreIV said:

So they did away with the Armillary Sphere?  It did seem over-the-top 2 years ago, but they also spent quite a bit on that one, only to retire it after one use??  And now, they bring it out on small wheelbarrow, like a birthday cake????  :blink:  If that is their idea of small budgets, then I don't blame the Brazilians for cutting back on these Games.  :wacko: 

Some day we need to take a really close look at all the armillary sphere gizmos that have appeared in large-scale spectacles over the past decade or so. It'll probably turn out that most of them are the same structure with a few cosmetic changes. Expect to see it again soon in something like Star Trek: Discovery.

As for the gardening vibe, I guess Rio had told them about the ecological / gambiarra theme, and they decided to add a few British quirks.

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6 hours ago, baron-pierreIV said:

So they did away with the Armillary Sphere?  It did seem over-the-top 2 years ago, but they also spent quite a bit on that one, only to retire it after one use??  And now, they bring it out on small wheelbarrow, like a birthday cake????  :blink:  If that is their idea of small budgets, then I don't blame the Brazilians for cutting back on these Games.  :wacko: 

 

1 hour ago, JMarkSnow2012 said:

Some day we need to take a really close look at all the armillary sphere gizmos that have appeared in large-scale spectacles over the past decade or so. It'll probably turn out that most of them are the same structure with a few cosmetic changes. Expect to see it again soon in something like Star Trek: Discovery.

As for the gardening vibe, I guess Rio had told them about the ecological / gambiarra theme, and they decided to add a few British quirks.

it looks a bit of a mess. i was expecting a bit more 'carry on matron' than low rent childrens show. should have focus more on the hefestos story and then mix in the stoke madeville story. but this is just the 2nd heritage flame lighting ceremony. maybe in two years we iron things out and make a straight forward (but not as serious ceremony like greece) ceremony. 

missing the armillary sphere. would have been nice if  a brazillian paralympic athlete spin the circle with his/her effort. 

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