Canary Wharf prepares for Paralympic Flame
The Paralympic Torch will blaze its way through Canary Wharf today, notching up Olympic fever for the second time this summer, on its 24-hour relay to the Stratford arena.
A team of 580 torchbearers from across the country are carrying the flame on its 92-mile adventure from Stoke Mandeville through Greenwich, the Isle of Dogs and onto the final leg to the Olympic Stadium this evening, to mark the official opening of London's Paralympic event.
Travelling in teams of five, the Olympic flame-carriers were hand-picked for their reflection of the Paralympic values.
And Wharfers will be able to cheer the aluminum alloy torch through their patch from about 5pm.
Lutfur Rahman, mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: "It was fantastic to see so many of the borough's residents turning out to welcome the Olympic Torch at the end of last month and now I hope we'll see lots more line the streets for the Paralympic Torch Relay.
"I know that local people will be keen to give a good Tower Hamlets welcome to the inspirational torch bearers who will be carrying the flame as it makes its way through our borough."
Sebastian Coe, LOCOG chairman, said: "We have created a unique identity for the Paralympic Torch Relay which will be a celebration of courage, determination, inspiration and equality that every Paralympian represents."
The flame will arrive in Greenwich from Deptford at about 3.49pm, travelling up Deptford Church Street and onto Creek Road.
Turning left onto Greenwich Church Street, the relay will proceed to Cutty Sark Gardens where the flame will say its final goodbye to Greenwich as it travels by boat from the pier and across the Thames, to the Isle of Dogs.
At approximately 4.15pm, the torch will return to dry land in Tower Hamlets.
The teams of flame-bearers will make their way down East Ferry Road, Limeharbour and left into Marsh Wall, past the South Quay DLR station and in the direction of Westferry Road.
The torch is expected to arrive at Canary Wharf at about 5pm, kicking off with the Westferry Road torchbearers and entertaining the crowds with a sea of colour and noise through Westferry Circus, West India Avenue, the North Colonnade, Canada Square, Churchill Place, the South Colonnade, Cabot Square and returning back to Westferry Road.
From there, it will leave by road convoy on the Limehouse Link, at about 5.50pm.
The torch will then be taken inside the Olympic Stadium to mark the start of London's Paralympic Games.