Paralympic Flame

As we gear up to the flame lighting on September 2 2016, here's a chance to look back at the historic inaugral events from two years ago:

Stoke Mandeville hosted the first ever international leg of the Paralympic Torch Relay ahead of the Sochi Winter Paralympic Games. The historic Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony took place at Stoke Mandeville Stadium and was accompanied by a programme of community activities including a public celebration at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. The events in 2014 were a tribute to the pioneering work of Sir Ludwig Guttmann and provided a framework for Stoke Mandeville to be honoured at all future Paralympic Games. 

Go to our video links on the home page to see the spectacular films from this historic weekend. 


Saturday 1 March 2014:  Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony

Stoke Mandeville Stadium

The Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony was broadcast to a global TV audience as part of the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony in Russia. It wasl witnessed live by a small audience of international, national and local guests on the evening of Saturday 1 March.


Sunday 2 March 2014: Heritage Flame Celebration  'Spirit in Motion'

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, 7.30pm

A celebratory event for Stoke Mandeville, the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement and Heritage Flame, which brought together leading Paralympic athletes, film, visual arts, live music and performance.

Featuring aerial circus performers from the 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony as well as inspiring past and future athletes, together with a very special performance by Andrea Begley, winner of BBC One’s “The Voice”.

Hosted by disabled actor Ben Owen Jones, whose appearances include the BBC’s dramatization of the story of Dr. Ludwig Guttmann, 'Spirit in Motion' also featured visual artist Rachel Gadsden, soprano Denise Leigh plus an appearance on stage by the Sochi Paralympic Torch.