Big welcome as Paralympic Torch starts journey to Newham

28 August 2012 in 2012 Games and legacy and Events
Thousands are expected to join the festivities in Newham to mark the start of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Stratford Park will be the last stop for the Paralympic Torch relay  on 29 August as the Flame arrives from key points in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Up to 100,000 residents are set to line the route through the borough to the park with their own lanterns to light the way.

Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, will welcome the Flame before it makes the final journey to the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony.

The Mayor will be joined on stage by a very special guest, double Olympic medal winning rower Mark Hunter who was born and raised in Forest Gate.

To get everyone into the Paralympic spirit, the park will feature live performances and fun activities for the whole family.

Members of Leyton Orient football team will be giving demonstrations and they will be joined by fire performers plus a samba band. There will also be a sports participation zone, MCs and a children’s area.

The relay is just the start of the Paralympic celebrations. The borough’s live sites - which have so far attracted thousands of people - will screen the opening ceremony and every day of sporting activity.

Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, said: “More than 250,000 residents welcomed the Olympic Torch last month and we’re expecting another great turn out. The London 2012 Games have defied expectations and we are determined to ensure that the spirit of the event continues.

“Everyone in Newham has embraced the Paralympics because of the human endeavour as well as the courage and determination of the athletes. It’s only right that we’re helping to start the Games in style.”