The day starts with the Paralympics GB Carnival taking place in the main sports hall at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium. This event is funded by Spirit of 2012 and organised as a partnership between the British Paralympic Association (BPA) and Wheelpower, who own Stoke Mandeville Stadium. The event is a free opportunity for all members of the public to come and experience many different Paralympic and other disabled sports in a fantastic fun environment. The activities will be provided by the various sports governing bodies and some local sports clubs in combination.
The evening ceremony begins with a VIP meet and greet event at the stadium. During this time there will be a drinks reception for VIP’s and sponsors with the likely attendance of a member of the royal family.
The Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony will take place during this time. The ceremony acknowledges Stoke Mandeville Hospital as the birthplace of the Paralympic movement and culminates with the lighting of the Heritage Flame. This flame is then combined with flames created in the five regions of Brazil to create the 2016 Paralympic Flame.
The ceremony is being produced by Bradley Hemmings MBE who was the Co-artistic Director of the 2012 Paralympic opening ceremony; Bradley is Artistic Director of the Greenwich Docklands International Festival and directed the 2014 ceremony which featured Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockroft powering an armillary sphere designed specifically for the ceremony.
As in 2014 The ceremony will be covered live by Channel 4 during their evening news programme and a section of the ceremony will be shown during the Paralympic Opening ceremony in Rio.
This event will be ticketed and limited to approximately 1500 people. Whilst tickets will be free to all members of the public, the expectation is that they will be in high demand and therefore will be distributed through a local ballot process.
Following the ceremony there will be a VIP reception at the stadium for all the dignitaries and sponsors associated with the event.
Throughout the evening in Vale Park in Aylesbury town centre there will be the Heritage Flame Community Celebration event. This evening represents an opportunity for the communities of Aylesbury and Buckinghamshire to come together for an event featuring Brazilian themed bands and musicians, disability sports demonstrations and walk-about entertainers. The evening will climax with the arrival of the Heritage Flame from Stoke Mandeville Stadium and spark a firework display to finish the event.