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Paralympic Games 'return to their birthplace in the UK'

Torchbearer Andy Anderson passes the Scottish Paralympic flame to Micaheal McEleney in Edinburgh last night Credit: Joe Giddens/LOCOG/PA Wire

International Paralympic Committee president Sir Philip Craven said he was proud to welcome the Paralympics back to their birthplace in the UK.

The games were founded in 1948 by Dr Ludwig Guttmann to aid the rehabilitation of injured Second World War personnel.

Torchbearer Adam Mould carries Paralympic Torch in Edinburgh last night. Credit: Joe Giddens/LOCOG/PA Wire

Sir Philip Craven told 1,6000 people at a special ceremony in St Paul's Cathedral that he was "chuffed" the games were returning to the UK.

His comments come as the third of the flame lighting events took place in Edinburgh last night. Later today the final Paralympic flame will be lit in Cardiff.

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