With just one week to go until the London 2012 Paralympic Games commence, Cardiff will host one of three special Flame Festivals in Cardiff Bay on Bank Holiday Monday 27, August.
The Leader of the Council, Cllr Heather Joyce said: “We’ve seen the spirits of the nation lifted over recent weeks and as the Paralympic Torch relay visits Cardiff, it brings with it another wave of excitement and elation.
“Cardiff is extremely proud to once again be a focal point for such a momentous occasion and I look forward to seeing people here turn out to show support and admiration for the Paralympians who will be competing. I know the city and its people will be warm, welcoming hosts to the 400 athletes basing themselves here during the Games.
“We’ve been lucky enough to enjoy the success of local heroes and heroines over the years, with greats including Tanni Grey-Thompson, David Roberts and Nathan Stevens.
“Cardiff Council will ensure that the legacy of London 2012 lives on and we eagerly anticipate the next generation of sports stars, inspired by the success of Olympians and Paralympians alike.”
Cabinet Member for Sport, Leisure and Culture, Cllr Huw Thomas said: “Cardiff has already played a vital role in London 2012 and I am thrilled we have this opportunity to welcome the Paraylmpic Torch to the city before it makes its special journey.
“Cardiff is honoured to be one of only three city’s to host this unique celebration and this all-day event will give people the opportunity to be part of the Paralympic Games. Have a go at the street-based disability sports on offer in the city or to witness the fantastic lantern procession, I am sure it will inspire and entertain the whole family.”
The free evening event presented by BT, Lloyds TSB and Sainsbury’s, will feature a variety of entertainment including performances from Wales Millennium Centre’s own choirs Hard Côr and Only Kids Aloud, Scarabeus aerial performers, Tredegar Brass Band, a mass sing-along of Karl Jenkins’s In these Stones Horizons Sing. Charlotte Church and Only Men Aloud will also play a part in the celebrations.
The event will culminate with a spectacular lantern procession of over 200 people which will accompany eight Torchbearers as the Welsh Flame arrives in Roald Dahl Plass having been created at the summit of Snowden using a using a combination of teamwork and human endeavour.
At the same time Flames will be created at the summit of the highest peak of the other three home nations, Scafell Pike (England), Ben Nevis (Scotland) and Slieve Donard (Northern Ireland).