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Leicester welcomes Paralympic flame

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Media captionThe Paralympic flame arrives in Leicester by train from London for a weekend of celebrations

The Paralympic flame has arrived in Leicester to be part of the only celebration in the East Midlands.City welcomes Paralympic flame

It travelled by train from the cauldron ceremony in London with deputy city mayor Rory Palmer and Paige Murray, a local disability sports champion.

Claire Lomas, from Melton Mowbray, paralysed in a horse riding accident, lit the cauldron at Trafalgar Square to launch the Paralympic torch relay.

The flame parade takes place from 13:30 BST on Saturday in the city centre.

'Legacy work'

The Paralympic flame will be stored overnight before 18-year-old Murray leads the parade from Gallowtree Gate to the big screen, where she will hand it over to Mr Palmer.

The celebration, one of 33 in England, will include dhol drummers, carnival dancers and representatives from local disability sports and community groups and special schools.

Mr Palmer said: "We're very proud to have been selected to host the Paralympic torch for the East Midlands.

"It is a real testament to our city and its commitment to disability sport.

"It also complements the array of Paralympic activity we are hosting within the city and builds on our continued legacy work.

"We hope the people of Leicester will join us at the celebration event, along with some of the city's most talented athletes, to celebrate the arrival of the flame to the city."

People will be able to watch a variety of sports and cultural events at the big screen, in Humberstone Gate, from 10:00 until 16:00 BST.

Ms Lomas, who completed this year's London Marathon in 16 days wearing a "bionic suit", lit the first of four ceremonial cauldrons around the UK. Others will be lit in Greater Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff.

"It's an amazing opportunity and I feel very proud and privileged to be asked," she said.

"I wish everyone competing in the Paralympics loads of luck."

The 24-hour Paralympic torch relay travels from Stoke Mandeville to London overnight on Tuesday for the Games opening ceremony on Wednesday.

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