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Flaming ‘ell! The Paralympic Torch comes to London

Posted at 5:45 pm, August 23, 2012 in Olympics & Paralympics
Paralympic Torch

London seems to be lacking a certain warmth and glow since the Olympic cauldron was extinguished last week, but never fear, a new flame is gracing our streets as of this Friday. On August 24, the first of four National Flames will be lit in Trafalgar Square to start the official run up to the Paralympic games. Over the following days, flames will be lit in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland before heading to Stoke Mandeville, the spiritual home of the Paralympics. On August 29, the four flames will come together and a 24 hour relay will commence, taking the torch to Stratford and the Paralympics Opening Ceremony. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to see the flame as it winds its way through London on Friday though. See the route and approximate times below:

At 3.30am the 24 hour London relay starts:

Enters Harrow
Winds through Brent and Barnet
Down to Westminster via Maida Vale
Over the Abbey Road pedestrian crossing

From approximately 9.00am:

Past Lords Cricket grounds
Past London Zoo through Regents Park
Down to Regent Street
Pall Mall
Around Charing Cross
Victoria Street
Horseferry Road

From approximately 11.45pm:

Crosses Lambeth Bridge
(Keeping its trip south short and sweet) Along to Waterloo crossing the river again around 12.20pm
Aldwych and into the City
Through Little Britain
St Paul’s
Into the first of the host boroughs, Tower Hamlets
The flame goes over Tower Bridge to City Hall at 1.20pm
Tooley Street
Surrey Quays

From approximately 3.20pm:

Then it’s on to the next host borough, Greenwich
Back over the river to Tower Hamlets via the Isle of Dogs around 4.15
To the Docklands covering Canary Wharf before being transported up to third host borough Hackney

From approximately 6.10pm:

Mare Street to London Fields
Onto the fourth host borough, Waltham Forest
Marsh Lane playing fields at 7pm
Barking and Dagenham’s Barking Park at 8.15pm
Onto the final host borough, Newham by 9.00pm
East Ham
Off to Stratford for the lighting ceremony

To see the full route, see london2012.com.

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