Bath celebrates Paralympic flame's stay in the city

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Media captionCarnival procession and Paralympic lantern relay in Bath

Celebrations have taken place in Bath to mark the Paralympic flame's arrival in the city.

The event at the Recreation Ground is one of 34 across the UK to mark the start of the Paralympic torch relay.

A carnival procession, carrying the lantern, started at 14:00 BST from Holburne Museum to make its way through the city to the Recreation Ground.

Nine specially-selected lantern bearers from across the Bath area led the procession in a 2,000m relay.

'Enthuse people'

About 6,000 people are expected to be at the main event, which is free but is limited to ticket-holders only.

Project officer Martin Pellow, with Bath and North East Somerset Council, said: "It is a chance for people to get involved in some different activities and sports.

"We're trying to use this event to enthuse people and to perhaps take some responsibility for their health and fitness - it's that legacy that people keep talking about."

Acts on the main stage include 70s tribute band Car Wash and Suspiciously Elvis, as well as local bands.

On arrival at the recreation ground, the lantern bearers will hand the flame to ParalympicGB's Flame Ambassador and double-gold medallist Steve Brunt.

Mr Brunt will place it on the stage at the Recreation Ground for the duration of the Paralympic flame celebration.

After the event, the Paralympic lantern will be put on public display in the Sun Lounge at the Pump Room, Bath, from Sunday to Tuesday.

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