Procession through Plymouth for arrival of the Paralympic Flame
EXCITEMENT is growing as the city gears up to welcome the Paralympic Flame.
Celebrations to mark the flame's arrival will begin tomorrow afternoon when sports stars from Plymouth Argyle, Plymouth Albion, Plymouth Raiders and the City of Plymouth Athletics Club join a procession through the city centre.
The procession will be lead by Plymouth's Flame Ambassador, 14-year-old wheelchair athlete Doaa Shayea who has spina bifida.
She will travel to London's Trafalgar Square with Councillor Mike Wright, the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, and bring back a part of the Paralympic Flame in a lantern in time for the city's celebrations.
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She said: "I feel very honoured to have been chosen as the Flame Ambassador. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I'm really looking forward to bringing the Flame back to Plymouth for the events."
Doaa and the Lord Mayor will be travelling to and from the capital courtesy of First Great Western, arriving back in Plymouth at around 3pm tomorrow.
At 4pm the pair will carry the Flame from the Copthorne Hotel, with the City of Plymouth Pipe Band, and parade down Armada Way to the Big Screen before moving on to the Council House.
Councillor Peter Smith, deputy leader of Plymouth City Council, said: "Hosting the Paralympic Flame in Plymouth is another historic moment for everyone who lives here.
"Friday's procession through the city centre is a great opportunity for people to see the Flame and show our support for the Paralympics and I'd urge everyone to get down to Armada Way."
Members of the public will also be offered the chance to have a go at some Paralympic sports as Plymouth Life Centre hosts a Festival of Sport on Saturday.