History in the making: Stoke Mandeville closer to being involved in all future Paralympic ceremonies

Paralympic Flame Festival at Stoke Mandeville Stadium
Paralympic Flame Festival at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

The Paralympic flame has moved another step closer to being lit at Stoke Mandeville for all future Games, the Bucks Herald can reveal.

In a historic move county council officials voted unanimously in favour of the birthplace of the modern Games being used for all future winter and summer flame ceremonies.

The council has now signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Paralympic Committee and the British Paralympic Association.

It means that the first flame lighting would take place prior to the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.

The Bucks Herald broke the news last June that Bucks officials were campaigning for the move.

District council chief David Thompson said: “It’s great. This goes a long way to it being officially declared. It’s something we have been working on very quietly and diligently. We certainly put Aylesbury and Stoke Mandeville on the map last year and we would want to reinforce that.”

Mr Thompson said he was unsure what the ceremonies would be like but that it was key they achieved a high presence in the international media.

There have been many months of hard work behind the scenes to make the dream a reality and it is now close to coming true.

Last year the flame was forged at Stoke Mandeville Stadium ahead of the London Paralympics, with the ceremony widely hailed as a great success.