It may have started an hour late, but the finale of Aylesbury’s flame celebration dazzled the crowds when it finally sparked into life on Tuesday.
The high profile pyrotechnic show started at 10.14pm, soon after the Paralympic flame arrived in Market Square.
It featured video projections making the court building appear to change shape while being covered in glitter and flames.
In the windows images of Paralympians appeared who shared their stories.
The crowd cheered when archive footage of Sir Ludwig Guttmann was projected onto the building.
In front of the court were eight flame projectors and seven giant ‘fire carousels’ were dotted around Market Square.
The show culminated with a huge firework display and confetti being released from cannons.
During the day there were a series of specially comissioned drama and dance performances on a stage in Kingsbury.
Dancer Sho Shibata summed up the atmosphere, saying: “It really feels like a party going on in this town. Everyone is smiling and all the children are out with their parents. It’s just fantastic.”
Before the finale there was a 1940s-style drama performance called Starting Line, which told the story of Sir Ludwig Guttmann and what he achieved at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
Crowds cheered as giant TV screens in the town centre showed the Paralympic flame being forged at Stoke Mandeville.
The torch was then caried into Market Square.
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