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Paralympic torch heads to Olympic Park ahead of opening ceremony

The four torchbearers combined to light the cauldron in front of a cheering crowd Photo: Joe Giddens/LOCOG/PA Wire

The Paralympic torch is on its way to the Olympic Park in Stratford for the opening ceremony of the Games.

The torch began the final stage of its journey last night as the flames from each of the four host nations were brought together at the national stadium for disabled sport in Stoke Mandeville.

The Cauldron is lit in Stoke Mandeville as the four flames unite Credit: Joe Giddens/LOCOG/PA Wire

The torch began the final stage of its journey last night as the flames from each of the four host nations were brought together at the national stadium for disabled sport in Stoke Mandeville.

The relay will see 580 torchbearers in teams of five carrying it on a 90-mile journey, much of which is being undertaken overnight.

The Paralympic torch will travel 92 miles en route to tomorrow's Opening Ceremony Credit: Joe Giddens/LOCOG/PA Wire

Shortly before midnight the Paralympic torch was carried through the village of Weston Turville, in Buckinghamshire, where residents lit candles to line the route.

It then went through the village of Aston Clinton, where an Olympic torchbearer stood in her official uniform with her own torch in hand.

The torchbearing team carry the Paralympic Flame over night Credit: Ben Birchall/LOCOG/PA Wire

Two young children waiting for the torch dozed in a wheelbarrow, wrapped in a duvet to ward off the chill, and were woken to cheers as it was carried past them.

The torch will reach London later this morning, where it will take in the six host boroughs, visiting landmarks including the Abbey Road crossing made famous by the Beatles, Lord's Cricket Ground and London Zoo.

The Paralympic flame reaches outer London as part of a 24-hour torch relay to herald the start of the 2012 Games. Daybreak's Tiffany Royce reports:

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