- An interactive map of the Torch Relay route can be found here from 1pm
- Download map of London highlights for Torch Relay here
- Download details of 50 Paralympic Games highlights here
- Download images of an Agitos revealed on Rhossili Bay here
Seb Coe, LOCOG Chair, said:
“With just 50 days to go these highlights serve as a great taster for the Paralympic Games. I’m looking forward to crowds coming out to line the streets and cheer on the inspirational teams of Torchbearers, and as the Paralympic Games get set to amaze us all I am delighted that we still have some great tickets to give everyone the chance to be there.”
Stoke Mandeville is today welcoming the Olympic Torch Relay, but in 50 days time Stoke Mandeville Stadium will be the venue for the official Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony on 28 August. Four flames from London, Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh will be united to form the Paralympic Flame which will be taken on a 24-hour overnight relay to the Paralympic Opening Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium on 29 August.
The 24-hour relay - presented by BT, Lloyds TSB and Sainsbury’s - will see the Paralympic Flame carried 87 miles by 580 inspirational Torchbearers, working in teams of five, from Stoke Mandeville to London. It will travel through some of the communities of Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire, before visiting all six host boroughs and a number of internationally recognisable London landmarks. From the iconic Abbey Road crossing in the north-west of the city to historic Greenwich in the south-east, the Flame will come right through the heart of London.
Passing down Regent Street from Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus, the Flame will go by Westminster Abbey and Downing Street as well as Trafalgar Square – where there will be live entertainment and sport screened throughout the Paralympic Games. The Flame will cross the Thames over some of London’s most famous bridges: Lambeth Bridge, Waterloo Bridge and Tower Bridge. Tower Bridge will have a spectacular Agitos on display – the symbol of the Paralympic Games.
London 2012 organisers are encouraging over 15,000 Local Leaders to help light the way to the Paralympic Games. Local Leaders are encouraged to get people together to make lanterns and attend their local Flame Festivals, Flame Celebrations or hold their own Light a Lantern events. To sign up to be a Local Leader go to: www.london2012.com/lightalantern
With the Paralympic Torch Relay a fantastic spectacle ahead of the Games, LOCOG have today also highlighted 50 events during the Games which are expected to create some of the most lasting Paralympic memories. The majority of the 50 events still present the opportunity to be there in person, with tickets available from just £10 at www.tickets.london2012.com or by phone at 0844 847 2012. A guide to current availability can be seen here
On the track there will be the highly anticipated 100m battle between blade-runners Oscar Pistorius and Jonnie Peacock and the wheelchair racing rivalries between David Weir, Marcel Hug and Kurt Fearnley. In the pool Ellie Simmonds will take on Victoria Arlen and Mirjam de Koning-Peper as she aims to repeat her success in Beijing 2008, while Natalie duToit is aiming for a record 7 gold medal haul. Players many consider to be the best ever, such as Ryley Batt (AUS) in Wheelchair Rugby, Patrick Andersen (CAN) in Wheelchair Basketball and Esther Vergeer (NED) in Wheelchair Tennis will also all be aiming for golds. The full list of highlights can be downloaded here
Prices start at just £10 (£5 for young people and seniors) and day pass tickets exclusive to the Paralympic Games present the chance to see up to five sports in the Olympic Park or ExCeL on just one £10 ticket.
Tickets are available for both Ceremonies and across most sports, including good availability for Paralympic Athletics in the Olympic Stadium which has been the biggest selling ticket so far, and Swimming in the Aquatics Centre.
Sir Philip Craven, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President, said:
“The announcement of the route for the Paralympic Torch Relay is another step closer to the start of the Paralympic Games. I think it is fantastic that is starts at Stoke Mandeville, the spiritual birthplace of the Movement, and am confident that the British public will turn out in force to support those taking part in the Relay.”
Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, said:
“We should be incredibly proud that Stoke Mandeville is the birthplace of the Paralympics. It’s right that the Paralympics are a central part of London 2012, and will really raise the bar for future Games.”
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London said:
“The huge demand for Paralympic tickets has already proved appetite for this unique and thrilling festival of sport is higher than ever. With just 50 days to go, excitement is building as London prepares to stage the greatest Paralympics in history and I can't wait to see the Paralympic Flame arriving in London, heralding the beginning of another two weeks of thrilling action in the Olympic Park."
In addition to the sport, the London 2012 Festival will also continue throughout the Paralympic Games showcasing world leading artists in events across the UK. On Tuesday there will be a presentation of programme highlights for “Unlimited: the Revelation starts here” at the Southbank Centre in London – an unprecedented celebration of arts and culture by deaf and disabled artists.
The Unlimited programme has encouraged collaborations and partnerships between disability arts organisations, disabled and deaf artists, producers, and mainstream organisations to celebrate the inspiration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and create original and exciting work. The £3m programme is principally funded by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor, and is delivered in partnership between London 2012, Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council.
The 29 Unlimited commissions range widely in artform including dance, live arts, visual arts, music and theatre, and the Southbank Centre will present the Unlimited commissions across the site of the world famous arts venue from 31 August to the final day of the Paralympic Games on 9 September.
Suzi Williams, Director, BT Group Marketing and Brand, added:
“At BT we’ve supported the Paralympics for decades. We understand the awesome power of Paralympic sport to inspire all of us, and that’s why we’ve brought teams of amazing people together to carry the Flame this summer. This is their moment to be at the heart of a once in a lifetime experience.”
Sally Hancock, Director, London 2012 Partnership at Lloyds Banking Group, said:
“We are excited and proud to mark 50 Days to Go to the Paralympic Games on the day the Olympic Torch Relay visits Stoke Mandeville. Lloyds TSB and Bank of Scotland will be bringing the excitement of the Paralympic Torch Relay to the Flame Festivals around the UK and the communities along the route, and we are calling on everyone to cheer on the teams of Paralympic Torchbearers as they make their way to London in this unique Relay.”
Gwyn Burr, Customer Service & Colleague Director at Sainsbury's said:
"All the way through our nomination process our customers and colleagues have been amazing us with stories of inspiration, determination and courage. This support will no doubt be showcased in style along the streets of Great Britain as the torch makes its journey to London and I can't wait to cheer on our customers and colleagues taking part in this once-in-a-lifetime occasion."