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Paralympic flame lights cauldron

The Paralympic flame created on Britain's highest peak will be used to light a ceremonial cauldron in Edinburgh this morning as part of a festival celebrating the Games.

Scouts lit four flames atop the highest peaks of the UK to spark the Paralympic torch relay this week.

After the celebrations the flame will be taken to the home of the Paralympic movement, Stoke Mandeville, before it is joined with the others created around the UK and carried in a 24-hour relay to London for the opening ceremony.

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Paralympic cauldron is lit in Trafalgar Square

Claire Lomas, who completed the London Marathon in a bionic suit, lit the Paralympic cauldron in Trafalgar Square this morning. The flame had come from England's highest point Scafell Pike where it was lit on Wednesday.

Next week, the flame will be combined with three others from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland before being taken to Stratford for the Paralympic Games opening ceremony on Wednesday.

Paralympic flame lit on mountain

The flame begins its journey to the Olympic Stadium. Credit: Emily Morgan for ITV News

The Paralympic flame has been lit at the summit of Northern Ireland's highest mountain.

A group of scouts and mountaineers trekked up Slieve Donard in the Mountains of Mourne to take part in the windswept ceremony.

The hardy troupe of volunteers, which was made up of non-disabled and disabled participants, was accompanied by police and mountain rescuers on their early morning hike.

The flame was placed in a miner's lantern to enable its transportation back down the mist-shrouded mountain in Co Down.

Similar events took place on the highest peaks in Scotland, Wales and England to mark the official countdown to the London Games next week.

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Olympic Flame ceremony to take place tomorrow

The Olympic Flame will be lit tomorrow at a ceremony which signals to the world that the countdown to the London 2012 Games has begun.

The ceremony will take place in Olympia, Greece, where the ancient Olympic Games took place and it will be filled with history, ritual and symbolism.

The flame itself is seen as representing positive values and is lit using the sun's rays so that its purity is guaranteed. Ritual states that this is the only way the Olympic Flame can be lit.

A team of the world's top Olympic and sports executives, including International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge, Hellenic Olympic Committee president Spyros Capralos and London 2012 chairman Lord Coe, will gather at the Ancient Olympia Stadium for the lighting of the sacred flame.

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