Ballot open for tickets to Aylesbury Paralympic celebration

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People can now apply for free tickets to an event celebrating the lighting of the Paralympic flame at Stoke Mandeville Stadium ahead of the Sochi winter games.

Entertainment including a performance by the winner of the BBC’s ‘The Voice’, Andrea Begley, will be laid on at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre on March 2, the day after the flame lighting.

The theatre event will be hosted by disabled actor Ben Owen Jones and will feature Paralympic athletes, film, visual arts and live music.

The Sochi Paralympic Torch will also make a special appearance at the event.

People who live and work in Aylesbury Vale can apply for the ballot.

As well as the main ballot, there will be a separate one for disabled people.

The flame lighting ceremony the day before will be a pilot for how Stoke Mandeville will be involved in all future summer and winter Paralympics.

Arts Council England has awarded a £155,000 grant to Aylesbury Vale District Council to fund the stadium and theatre events.

The district council has also pledged to pay £47,000 towards the cost of the flame lighting and agreed to give Aylesbury Town Council £50,000 from its new homes bonus fund to pay for events around the ceremony.

Councillor Howard Mordue, cabinet member for leisure, said: “As demand is expected to be high for the evening celebration event at the Waterside, we felt the fairest way would be to allocate tickets using a ballot system.

“This will be a wonderful opportunity to be at the heart of the heritage flame celebrations in Aylesbury Vale.”

To enter the ballots for tickets visit the Bucks Legacy website.

There is a maximum of two tickets per application and the closing date is midnight on Sunday, February 16.

Tickets must be collected ahead of the event from either the Aylesbury visitor information centre or the Buckingham tourist information centre.

There will be no option to collect tickets on the night or online.