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Aug 22 2012

Paralympic Torch Relay in Harrow

Harrow will get a second round of inspirational torchbearers pass through the borough as the Paralympic Torch Relay hits its streets this month.

The relay will take place in Harrow on August 29th at 3.30am. It will begin on The Common in Stanmore, and will travel to the Aspire Centre, renowned for its support to the Paralympics and its athletes, at 3.47am. After a 20 minute celebration, the flame will then continue down Stanmore Hill, The Broadway, Marsh Lane and will travel down to the bottom of Honeypot Lane, where the flame will be passed over to Brent at 5.22am.

The theme of endeavour runs through the Paralympics, and the flame only has 24 hours to get from Stoke Mandeville to the Stadium, bringing a real sense of anticipation and challenge to the event. Teams of torchbearers will run in groups of five along the route, rotating the torch between them.

Spectators are encouraged to make lanterns to light the way for the torch. Whether you want to simply put a candle in a jar, or a make a more elaborate design, you can find out how to make your own lantern by visiting www.london2012.com/lightalantern

Harrow Council’s Corporate Director for Adults and Housing, Paul Najsarek, said: “I am delighted that Harrow gets to experience not one, but two incredible torch relays. We will surely see determination, courage and endurance from all the Paralympic athletes involved in the next round of the Games, and I am honoured that Harrow gets to be part of these celebrations.”

Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said: “The Paralympic Torch Relay celebrates the Paralympic values of courage, determination, inspiration and equality. Whether they have been together for years, or brought together around a common story, each team of five Torchbearers represents the Paralympic values and the power of human endeavour. Today we invite people to show their support for the Torchbearers by coming out to cheer them on as they make their way through Harrow and help us lead the way to the Paralympic Games.”

Full details of the route and timings can be found at www.london2012.com/paralympictorchrelay

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