Paralympics: Scouts to light flames on British mountains
LONDON (AFP) - Scouts will light flames on the highest mountains in each of the four home nations of Britain next week to spark the torch relay for the London Paralympics, organisers said on Wednesday.
Members of the youth movement will spark flints on rocks on Scafell Pike in England, Snowdon in Wales, Ben Nevis in Scotland and Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland to create the flames on Aug 22, organisers London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog) said.
The flames will travel to the four national capitals for a day of celebrations and then on to Stoke Mandeville in southern England, the spiritual home of the Paralympic movement, on Aug 28.
They will be united at Stoke Mandeville to create the London 2012 Paralympic Flame during a special ceremony, before a 24-hour torch relay to the Olympic Stadium in London for the start of the Games bringing together disabled athletes from across the world on Aug 29.