Preparations are well underway!
Stoke Mandeville is to host the Heritage Flame for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on 2 September 2016. The support of the county's businesses and key organisations was a huge help in March 2014 and the Buckinghamshire Legacy Board is hoping that sponsors will step forward again for the event in 2016.
Paralympic athletes will ignite the Heritage Flame in front of an audience of 1400 in the Stoke Mandeville Stadium, which will then transfer to Aylesbury's Vale Park where thousands more will join the celebrations. Millions across the globe in September will watch coverage of the ceremony as part of the Paralympic Games opening ceremony in Rio.
Representing the proud heritage of the Paralympic movement this single flame will travel across the world to be merged with the five Brazilian regional flames. Together they will light the Paralympic flame in Rio on September 5 and start the two-day torch relay that will arrive in the Olympic stadium for the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
Around 100 performers will take part in the Stoke Mandeville ceremony, taught by experts during rehearsals. The event will be directed by Bradley Hemmings, who was co-director of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games and the inaugural Paralympic Heritage Flame Ceremony at Stoke Mandeville in 2014. Stopgap Dance Company will be creating the choreography. They are passionate about bringing disabled and non-disabled people together through dance and are assembling a diverse cast, with disabled participants performing alongside existing drama, dance or sport groups.
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Flame lighting, carnival and town centre events
On the 2 September, the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Heritage Flame events represents the prestige, pride and passion of the Paralympic Games and brings Aylesbury and Buckinghamshire to the eyes of the world. With an associated community programme, superb VIP hospitality and networking, plus local, regional, national and international visibility, the lighting of the Heritage Flame is more than a single, spectacular event - it is an opportunity to be part of something much bigger.
There are three events taking place in Aylesbury, and some volunteers are still needed. You will need to be aged 18 or over. To volunteer for these events and for more information, please fill in the online form.
A big thank you to all our generous partners, sponsors and supprters who have helped us go the extra mile to make this great event a reality. For more, click here.