York & North Yorkshire

Paralympic flame lights up York 800 Flotilla

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Image caption The Paralympic flame will be carried on board one of the boats taking part in the York 800 Flotilla

The Paralympic flame has been the focus of a waterborne celebration marking York's 800 years as a city.

The flame was carried on board one of about 200 boats taking part in the York 800 Flotilla on the River Ouse in the city centre.

The flotilla cruised the river between Naburn Marina and Clifton Ings.

The flotilla celebration was rescheduled from July after it was postponed because of high river levels from prolonged rainfall.

'Memorable year'

The Paralympic flame, which arrived in York by train on Friday, was carried by one of the city's disabled sportspeople.

The flotilla was led by canoes and rowers, followed by bigger boats, narrow boats and barges, including a rare German-built Amphicar which can operate on both land and water.

The boats included craft from Goole and Doncaster as well as those belonging to members of Ripon Boat Club and the North Riding branch of the Inland Waterways Association.

Sonja Crisp, City of York Council's cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said the flotilla and the Paralympic flame were a "spectacular addition" to the York 800 celebrations.

"Having the Paralympic Lantern on board helps shed more light on the achievement of York's disabled athletes and sportspeople," she said.

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