Paralympic flame blazes a trail
Dunstable’s blaze of glory with its own Paralympic Flame Festival drew more than 1,000 people on Sunday, August 26.
Queues lined up at the Disability Resource Centre for the event.
A Paralympic Flame for the opening ceremony of the Games was created at Stoke Mandeville from the union of four flames lit in UK capital cities.
Disability Resource Centre chief executive Mick Dillon, Paralympic Ambassador for Beds and Luton, took a trip to Trafalgar Square on Friday to collect the London flame.
He met VIPs including Prime Minister David Cameron, London Mayor Boris Johnson, government ministers and Paralympic Committee representatives. The flame went on show at the Poynters Road resource centre’s flame festival, a free family event packed with activities, on Sunday morning.
Mick said: “There was real energy and passion from everyone, with the flame receiving amazing reverence wherever it went.
“Families everywhere queued up to engage with the lantern, holding it and having their pictures taken with it.”
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