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Paralympic Flame comes to Trafalgar Square

Claire Lomas lights the cauldron in Trafalgar Square. Photo: ITN

The Paralympic cauldron in Traflagar Square has been set alight using the flame which was lit at the top of Scafell Pike in the Lake District on Wednesday. Claire Lomas, who completed the London Marathon wearing a bionic suit despite being paralysed, lit the cauldron with a torch at 8:30 this morning.

On hand to see the cauldron being lit was the Chair of London 2012, Lord Coe. Next week, the flame will be taken to Stoke Mandeville where it will be joined with three other flames from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The combined flame will be brought to the stadium in Stratford on Wednesday marking the start of the Paralympic Games. Mayor Boris Johnson said London is really supporting the Paralympics with a huge demand for tickets.

In five days' time, the torch will light the cauldron at the Olympic Stadium for the official start of the Paralympics. But right now, the focus is on Hampton Court Palace for the announcement of who will carry the flag for the Great Britain team, at the Opening Ceremony.

Wheelchair tennis veteran Peter Norfolk, known as the 'Quadfather', will carry the flag at next Wednesday's opening ceremony. The 51year old won gold in the quad singles in Athens and Beijing and will be looking to defend his title in London. He also has two quad doubles Paralympics medals, a silver from Athens and a bronze from Beijing.

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