Cheering crowds line up to welcome the Paralympic flame to York

Cheering crowds line up to welcome the Paralympic flame to York

Spectators line Duncombe Place to catch sight of the Paralympic Lantern

Sianagh Gallagher arrives at Energise with the Paralympic Lantern

Little Evan Whitton, holding the Paralympic flame, steps off the train at York Station

A little girl gets a better view of the procession

Sianagh Gallagher, 15, lights up York with the Lord Mayor, Coun Keith Hyman, as the Paralympic lantern arrived in the city

Crowds pack Duncombe Place to see Paralympic Flame on the open top bus

First published in London Olympics 2012 - Latest News

THE Paralympic flame arrived in York to a warm reception from cheering crowds yesterday.

Thousands of people lined Duncombe Place to welcome the flame as it was carried to the Minster from York Station by open- topped bus.

It was then carried on to Front Street, in Acomb , where 15-year-old Paralympic torch-bearer Sianagh Gallagher cycled with it along with Robin Plumley, Calum Japes and Dom Smith to leisure centre Energise, in Cornlands Road.

At Energise the flame was the centrepiece of Celebrating Ability Day, a free day of accessible sport for disabled people.

Speaking outside the Minster, Sianagh, from Acomb, said: “It means absolutely everything to be doing this. The crowds and cheers are so overwhelming.”

York entrepreneur Dom, 26, said: “It’s a huge honour to be here and it’s wonderful to see all these people. I’m really surprised everyone has come out. I had heard how many people were supporting the Paralympics, but to see it has exceeded my expectations. It will inspire me for the rest of my life.”

The award-winning York choir, Hands And Voices performed throughout the afternoon yesterday.

Lord Mayor Coun Keith Hyman welcomed the flame as it was brought to York Station. He said: “It’s fantastic we have got the Paralympic torch having had the Olympic torch first. To have both is an honour most people have not had and is a recognition for disability sports.”

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Eight-year-old Evan Whitton brought the flame from London to York. Evan, who has cerebral palsy, was unable to walk a year ago until an operation last year enabled him to walk for the first time using crutches.

An estimated 4,000 people lined the streets outside the Minster and 1,000 in Acomb, City of York Council said.

Tomorrow, the Paralympic Lantern will take pride of place with the York 800 flotilla on the River Ouse. The event will see 200 boats of various shapes and sizes cruising the river from 12.30pm until 4pm.

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11:19am Sat 25 Aug 12

pedalling paul says...

Lovely to see that big red bus.......and some useful media shots for East Coast trains plus wider exposure for York. Glad we could play such a splendid role and best wishes to all the Games participants.
Lovely to see that big red bus.......and some useful media shots for East Coast trains plus wider exposure for York. Glad we could play such a splendid role and best wishes to all the Games participants. pedalling paul
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2:10am Fri 31 Aug 12

Magicman! says...

I know the bus used (a Dennis Trident) is a low floor accessible bus, but I can't help but think a trick was missed here bacsue they didn't use a Leyland Olympian!!
I know the bus used (a Dennis Trident) is a low floor accessible bus, but I can't help but think a trick was missed here bacsue they didn't use a Leyland Olympian!! Magicman!
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