Torch is flaming brilliant

The Paralympic Lantern and Flame on view in Wisbech Museum on Sunday.
The Paralympic Lantern and Flame on view in Wisbech Museum on Sunday.
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THE spirit of the Paralympics came to Fenland yesterday (Sunday) as the torch relay made two stops in Wisbech.

Crowds of people turned out to see the golden miner’s lantern containing the Paralympic Flame at Wisbech and Fenland Museum and later at Hudson Leisure Centre, just days before the start of the Paralympic Games which all kicks off today (Wednesday) and runs until September 9.

The Paralympic Lantern and Flame on view in Wisbech Museum on Sunday. Sisters Sofia (6) and 11 year old Emilia Reeves (right) from Wisbech.

The Paralympic Lantern and Flame on view in Wisbech Museum on Sunday. Sisters Sofia (6) and 11 year old Emilia Reeves (right) from Wisbech.

The Olympics and Paralympics have inspired the country and people came out to show their support for the British team.

The fire in the lantern came from the English Flame that was lit in Trafalgar Square, London and had journeyed from Scafell Pike, in the Lake District.

The museum opened specially for the special event and Elaine Ewart, the Fenland Poet Laureate, attended to read a poem inspired by the Games.

At Hudson Leisure Centre, sport was top of the agenda with opportunities to try out Paralympic sports in taster sessions.

The Hudson Leisure Centre Paralympic lantern celebration. The relay runners (from left): Jack Graveling, Thomas Bales, Katie Allebone, Curtis Fendley and Daniel Norris.

The Hudson Leisure Centre Paralympic lantern celebration. The relay runners (from left): Jack Graveling, Thomas Bales, Katie Allebone, Curtis Fendley and Daniel Norris.

Vanessa White, chairman of the Fenland Disability Sports Forum (Fendis) said: “It will help raise awareness about disabled sports throughout Fenland and the work Fendis does to give people with a disability the opportunity to try new sports and develop their skills.”