Yorkshire welcomes the Paralympic flame

Evan Whitton
8-year-old Evan Whitton arrives in York Photo: Calendar News

Eight-year-old Evan Whitton from Silsden in West Yorkshire has represented Yorkshire at a Paralympic Flame ceremony in Trafalgar Square today.

The inspiring youngster, who was born with Cerebral Palsy, was chosen to be Yorkshire's Flame Ambassador at the event in London, which saw representatives from English regions collect a special lantern containing a splinter of the Paralympic Flame.

Evan was the guardian of the Flame as it made its way to York on the train. The Flame was then taken to a ceremony at the Royal York Hotel where representatives from York, Leeds, Huddersfield, Sheffield and Beverley met Evan for a Flame celebration event. The Flame will then be split into five separate lanterns before being taken to special events across Yorkshire, to celebrate the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

When I do this I'm going to feel like a Hollywood superstar! I can't wait to be in London and am really looking forward to seeing the famous landmarks

– Evan Whitton