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Paralympic Heritage Flame Events

Silver metal torch with multicoloured wavy lines cut into upper sectionOn Friday 2 September 2016, the Paralympic Heritage Flame will once again be lit at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Buckinghamshire, UK,  in preparation for the Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil. This will be a short event designed for TV broadcast, attended by VIPs and an invited audience. The ballot for tickets for this event is now closed. To learn more, visit www.buckslegacy.com.

A free public Flame Celebration event in Vale Park, Aylesbury will take place from 6 pm to 9.30 pm on Friday 2 September 2016 in Vale Park, Aylesbury, HP20 1DX. It will be a Brazilian-style Carnival with music, free-roaming dancers and entertainers, stalls, an accessible fun fair and many other attractions. Disabled people and organisations will be at the heart of this fully accessible event, which will symbolically unite the Paralympic Heritage Flame with the people of Bucks.

Be Part of the Celebration!

BuDS would like to give you the chance to be part of the Flame Celebration. You could get the chance to hold and pass the Paralympic Heritage Flame itself!

Parade of Light

Disability organisations and groups and disabled people with their family, friends and carers can take part in the Parade of Light, a bright and colourful carnival procession of hundreds of disabled people, carrying flags and banners especially made for the event. The Parade of Light will travel from the Waterside Theatre to Vale Park at 7.50 pm, led by the Paralympic Heritage Flame carried by Bob O’Shea, former Paralympic Rugby captain, accompanied by the Toque Tambor Samba band and all of our carnival dancers.

Register to take part in the Parade at http://bit.ly/ParadeofLight

Passing of the Flame

Disabled and non-disabled people can themselves hold and pass on the  Paralympic Heritage Flame in its distinctive Rio Torch, as the Flame is symbolically united with the people of Bucks. Every disabled person who takes part in the Parade is automatically given this opportunity. Other people – disabled and non-disabled – can join in by applying for a Golden Flame Ticket. Register for the ballot at: http://bit.ly/GFTicket2016

VIP Viewing Area

There will be a dedicated viewing area in the Park for disabled people to see the entertainments on offer before the parade and to watch the fireworks. Disabled people can register for a ticket at: http://bit.ly/PFCVIP


Disability charities and organisations can have a free stall in the Park. Register for a place at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JZZGLLL


You can volunteer on the night as part of the BuDS team and be at the heart of things. You won’t miss out on anything, so please do help us out if you can. All volunteers will be entered into the ballot for a Golden Flame Ticket, so you may even get the chance to handle the Flame yourself! Please email [email protected] for more details.

Accessibility Information

The Parade, Passing of the Flame and the overall Flame Celebration event is designed to be as accessible as possible to disabled people with all types of impairment. Download a detailed Accessibility Guide here.
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