Paralympic torch heralds landmark


Media captionBaroness Tanni Grey-Thompson shows off 2012 Paralympic torch design

With six months to go to the start of the Paralympics, London 2012 organisers have revealed the design for the torch.

The torch has been given a mirrored finish so its colour adapts to its surroundings and also shines at night on the final stage of the torch relay.

Locog has also announced that 33 communities around the UK will stage flame celebrations during the relay.

Meanwhile it has been confirmed that the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will open the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Olympics start on 27 July with the Paralympics getting under way on 29 August.

The Queen opened the 1976 Olympics in Montreal while the Duke performed the role on her behalf in Melbourne in 1956.

King George VI opened the last London Olympics in 1948 with his grandfather King Edward VII starting proceedings in the city 40 years earlier.

Paralympic flame lighting events are to be held on consecutive days in each of the UK’s capital cities.

They start in London on 24 August with the
four flames uniting at a special ceremony in Stoke Mandeville, home of the Paralympic movement, on 28 August.

The relay will then begin its 24-hour journey to London’s opening ceremony.

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