An important flame lighting ceremony at the birthplace of the Paralympic movement

Date: 2 March 2018 to 2 March 2018

Location: Stoke Mandeville

Client: Aylesbury Vale District Council

On one of the coldest days of the year, the important sporting heritage of the Paralympic movement was given the recognition and sense of occasion that it so rightly deserved with a flame lighting ceremony at Stoke Mandeville, the birthplace of the Paralympic movement.

Working with Aylesbury Vale District Council, we devised a parade and torch-lighting ceremony that gave paralympians the chance to take part in a ceremony to mark their imminent participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics taking place a week later in South Korea.

Sadly, the atrocious wintry weather conditions meant that the event was closed to the public.  However the resilience and indomitable spirit of Paralympians was seen with a small torch-carrying parade making their way towards the podium to light the ceremonial flame.

See a video of Channel 4's coverage of the event.

"Despite the exceptionally bad weather and the subsequent decision to close the event to the public, we were humbled by the incredible determination of the paralympians to make this important ceremonial moment happen in horrendous conditions. Walk the Plank has a rich history of marking important sporting occasions, both large and small, with ceremonial moments such as this and we were particularly proud to have produced this piece for the 2018 Paralympic Games Heritage Flame Events". Lauren Barton, Production Manager.
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Fire and Fire Drawings
Parades and processions