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Bath hosts Paralympic procession as locals get a taster of the 2012 Games

A relay carries the Paralympic lantern through Bath Photo: ITV West
Getting in the mood with some wheelchair dancing Credit: ITV West

Eight local people nominated by the public have led this afternoon's paralympic relay through Bath. The 2000 metre procession attracted the crowds as it made its way through the city centre towards the recreation ground.

We encourage people to come out and see our inspirational local heroes along the route and join in with the celebrations.

– Cllr David Dixon, Bath & North East Somerset Council

The city's park and ride sites will stay open until 10pm tonight so people can make the most of the event which includes live music and entertainment after the procession. To coincide with the relay able bodied people are taking advantage of the chance to sample some of the sports to feature in the Paralympic games which start this week.

Youngsters get a different perspective trying out blind football Credit: ITV West

Kelly Hutchins who has cerebral palsy is part of the Paralympic flame relay team and an accomplished athlete in her own right. After being talent spotted at a sports talent day she's gone on to win medals at the Disability Sports Events Regional and National Championships and like the other team members was nominated by members of the public.

Taekwondo classes are encouraging people of all ages Credit: ITV West

The procession began at 2pm outside the Holburne museum and has now reached the recreation ground where the entertainment continues until 9pm.

Watch Daisy Gray's report on the Paralympic flame here: