Flame Festival: explained

A preview of how the projection will look in Market Square. Below, folk star Eliza Carthy who will be performing in Kingsbury
A preview of how the projection will look in Market Square. Below, folk star Eliza Carthy who will be performing in Kingsbury
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An image has been released showing how Aylesbury’s Crown Court building will look when it becomes the backdrop for a Paralympic video projection.

The free show and subsequent pyrotechnics display are part of the town’s flame celebration on Tuesday.

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During the event three large screens in Market Square and Kingsbury will also show the flame forging ceremony – which is taking place at a closed-door event in Stoke Mandeville Stadium (where 2009 X Factor winner Joe Mcelderry will perform).

The town centre event will feature live music and drama performances and organisers have warned families to arrive early as only a maximum of 8,500 will be allowed into both Market Square and Kingsbury.

Phil Black, who is helping to co-ordinate the Flame Celebration for Aylesbury Vale District Council, said: “There has never been a Paralympic torch relay in this format.

“It is the biggest event that we have had in terms of celebrating our association with the Paralympics and it will put us on the international stage.

“We will have media interest from all over the world and it will be a fantastic event for people to come along to.”

Activities start at 10am with lantern making workshops in Friars Square Shopping Centre.

From midday a special stage in Kingsbury will have comedy, dance and children’s performances.

Then from 5.30pm the high-profile evening activities get underway – with musical performances in Kingsbury and a specially commissioned drama piece in Market Square before the flame arrives and the pyrotechnic show begins.

Restaurants in the town have been asked to allow the public to use their toilets and shops have been told to remove all advertising boards from outside their premises.

Friars Square and Hale Leys are both expected to remain open until 8pm – and from 9pm all street and shop lights in Market Square will be turned off to prepare for the arrival of the Paralympic flame and pyrotechnic display.

Around 60 volunteers will be helping out in the town centre and another 60 at the closed-door Stoke Mandeville event.

The remaining 130 volunteers will be lining the route of the torch relay, showing the crowds the best places to stand and giving updates on timings if they change.

Mr Black wants people to ‘really support the torch relay’ by coming out to watch it.

He said: “It will show the International Paralympic Commitee we are really proud of our association with Stoke Mandeville and want to embrace it as a start point for future Paralympic relays.”

Road closures (4pm-midnight)

Kingsbury, George Street, Upper High Street into Market Square, Great Western Street.

Torch relay route

Leaving Stoke Mandeville Stadium for the hospital at 8pm. Then down Mandeville Road, Stoke Road, Walton Street and around Aylesbury’s inner ring road to arrive in Market Square at 9.10pm . Then leaving via the A413 Wendover Road to reach Weston Turville’s Main Street at 22.25, pass Aylesbury RFC at 22.42, Aston Clinton’s Weston Road at 22.52 and finish at 23.06 on London Road.

To keep up to date with what is happening on the day follow @bucks2012 on Twitter or visit the offical website of the Flame Celebration.