Paralympic torch lit for Winter Games

The flame was lit at Stoke Mandeville Stadium Credit: ITN

The first ever Paralympic Heritage Flame has been lit at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in a spectacular ceremony.

More than 600 guests, including many Paralympians, watched on as Stoke Mandeville became the first place to be involved in a Paralympic torch relay outside of the Games’ hosting country.

Last night's spectacular ceremony Credit: ITN

Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockroft lit the flame to celebrate the Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, which start on March 7.

The Heritage Flame project has been supported by £155,000 from the National Lottery through Arts Council England’s grants for the arts programme.

Paralympic athlete Hannah Cockcroft Credit: ITN