Paralympic Heritage Flame at Stoke Mandeville

1 - 2 March 2014
Commissioned by Aylesbury Vale District Council and supported by Arts Council England. Supported by the International Paralympic Committee and the British Paralympic Association. Created and produced by Greenwich+Docklands Festivals.

  • Paralympic Heritage Flame at Stoke Mandeville
  • Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony
    Paralympic veteran and ten-time gold medallist Caz Walton, Para-skier Andy Barlow & PE coordinator at the Alfriston School in Beaconsfield Denise Knibbs; Photo by Doug Southall
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  • Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony
    Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony - Flags; Photo by Doug Southall
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  • Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony
    Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony - Hannah Cockroft; Photo by Doug Southall
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  • 'Hephaestus' by Rachel Gadsden & Abigail Norris
    Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony film 'Hephaestus' by Rachel Gadsden & Abigail Norris
  • Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony
    Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony - Hannah Cockroft; Photo by Doug Southall
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  • Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony Video
    Channel 4: Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony

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GDIF worked with a stunning creative team on a programme of events at Stoke Mandeville and Aylesbury in early March. Commissioned by Aylesbury Vale District Council and supported by Arts Council England, this ambitious project inaugurated an exciting new biennial Heritage Flame Ceremony at Stoke Mandeville supported by the International Paralympic Committee and the British Paralympic Association.

Why Stoke Mandeville?

1948 saw the commencement of the first ever organised athletic day for disabled athletes alongside the Olympic Games. The Stoke Mandeville Games, founded by neurosurgeon Sir Ludwig Guttmann on the lawns of Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, transformed into the global phenomenon that is now the Paralympic Games.

The London 2012 Games and the Legacy

Building on the momentum of the London 2012 Games, including the Paralympic Games, and in recognition of Stoke Mandeville as the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement, the UK has been awarded the honour of involvement in all future Paralympic Games Torch Relays.

This March, ahead of the Sochi Winter Paralympic Games, Stoke Mandeville hosted the first ever international leg of the Paralympic Torch Relay, and became the first place in history to be involved in the Relay outside of the Games’ hosting country.

Heritage Flame Celebration ‘Spirit in Motion’ – Sun 2 March, 2014
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre 7:30pm

A celebratory occasion bringing together Paralympic athletes and live music, art and performance, including disabled aerial artists from the 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony, visual artist Rachel Gadsden, and performances by soprano Denise Leigh and by Andrea Begley, winner of BBC One’s “The Voice”.

Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony Broadcast – Fri 7 March, 2014
The global broadcast of the Winter Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony in Sochi will include footage from the Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony. Footage followed the Paralympic Torch Relay from the Flame Lighting Ceremony at Stoke Mandeville Stadium to its joining with torches from 46 cities throughout Russia. This unified flame was used in a final relay before the Opening Ceremony.

For more information on these events, please visit http://www.buckslegacy.org/ or the Paralympics’ site at http://www.paralympics.uk.

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Sat. March 1 - Tune into Channel 4 at 18:30
Sun. March 2 - Public Ballot, now closed

Location & Map:

Sat. March 1 - Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Guttmann Rd, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP21 9PP
Sun. March 2 - Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange St, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP20 1UG