Preston guardsman to be Paralympic flame ambassador

Dave Watson (left) Photo: ITV Granada

A guardsman from Preston, who lost both his legs and an arm in Afghanistan, has been chosen as a flame ambassador for the Paralympic torch relay in Manchester today.

Dave Watson was injured when he was caught in a bomb blast while on foot patrol in Helmand province.

He will be among a group of people with disabilities who will take part in the Paralympic torch relay flame celebration event at Manchester's Live Site in Exchange Square.

A group of six ambassadors from across the North West who have helped promote disability sport will travel to London and collect part of the English Flame from the National Flame Lighting Ceremony in Trafalgar Square, before taking it back up to Manchester in a series of miners' lanterns.

The 2012 Paralympic Games torch Credit: PA

They will then arrive at the Live Site at 2.20pm for the Flame arrival celebration, where they will be introduced by former Olympic medallist Steve Parry.

The Lord Mayor of Manchester Cllr Elaine Boyes will receive the Manchester Flame for it to make its onward journey to the Manchester Velodrome, where it will stay until Tuesday 28 August.

The other five flames will feature in events at Preston, West Cheshire, Knowsley, Liverpool and Crosby over the bank holiday weekend.