Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Paralympic Torch in Barnet - details

I am rather disappointed to read of the arrangements for the Paralympic Torch passing through the Borough of Barnet. For the Olympic Torch, their was a fantastic event, which I attended in North Finchley on a sunny afternoon. The Torch transition energised everyone and for many people was the only Olympic event they attended.

Sadly the Paralympic Torch will have a brief showing at 5.40am tomorrow. Here are the details

The Hyde into Sainsbury’s

A team of five torchbearers will carry the Paralympic Flame as it travels along Kingsbury Road , passing the junction with Derwent Rise at 5.40am, before turning right into The Hyde and then entering Sainsbury’s in The Hyde at 5.54am where the torch will transfer to a vehicle to make its way to the next stage of the route.

116 teams of five Torchbearers will carry the Olympic Flame along the 92 mile route from Stoke Mandeville to the Stratford Park where the relay will conclude at approximately 10pm.
Residents are also being invited make and light a lantern to line the torch relay route. You can find a handy guide to lantern making at: www.london2012.com/lightalantern
A civic reception is being arranged by the changeover at Sainsbury’s and will update you with further details when I get them.

For the exact relay route in Barnet visit: www.london2012.com/paralympictorchrelay

So it seems that there really is one rule for the disabled and another for everyone else. I think this is a real missed opportunity and it is rather sad.

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