Coventry's Paralympic Flame Celebrations
Thursday 23 August 2012
Coventry will be celebrating the start of the Paralympic Games over the coming days with two great events.
The celebration will be held at the Live Site in Millennium Place on Saturday (25 August). Lord Mayor Cllr Tim Sawdon and Rita Thompson, Coventry's former Paralympic Gold Medallist and Paralympic Flame Ambassador will accompany local Paralympic legends for a packed afternoon of sport and entertainment:
The event - from 2pm to 5pm - will include have a go sessions in a range of Paralympic sports.
Sue Bent, Chair of the Equalities and Community Cohesion Theme Group of the Coventry Partnership and Chair of the Paralympic Flame celebration steering group, said: "Coventry is already well known as a cohesive and diverse city and I'm in no doubt that many people will want to join in the celebrations and even take the opportunity to have a go at some of the sports which will be showcased."
And then, on Wednesday (29 August), city people will once again have the chance to come together to enjoy another lavish opening ceremony which will be broadcast on the giant Live Site screen.
The opening ceremony for the London 2012 Games drew a crowd of hundreds in the city, where families watched on in awe as Danny Boyle's "Isles of Wonder" extravaganza captivated audiences across the globe.
This performance, entitled "Enlightenment" has been put together by award winning film director Stephen Daldry, the man behind smash hit movie Billy Elliott.
A team of over 3,000 volunteers, rehabilitating soldiers, schoolchildren and professional artists will bring the show to a close, as the 4,000 athletes from over 160 competing countries make their entrance. The ceremony culminates with the lighting of the Paralympic cauldron.
Everyone is invited to Millennium Place to join in the celebrations which start at 8:30pm. Limited seating will be available.
For more information on the Paralympic Flame Celebration and Paralympic Torch Relay go to: