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Strabane is one of seven towns and cities in Northern Ireland selected to host a “Flame Celebration” to celebrate the Paralympic torch relay. The event will be held on Saturday 25 August 2012 between 12noon and 4.30pm and will take place in Melvin Sports Complex and Strabane Town Centre.
Speaking at the launch of the event, Strabane District Council’s Chairman Councillor Thomas Kerrigan said: “This is going to be a fantastic day out. We have lots of fun events and activities planned and I would encourage everyone to come to Strabane and get involved. I am so pleased that Strabane District has been chosen to celebrate the Paralympic torch relay which will help light the way to the Paralympics.”
At 10.30am on Saturday 25 August the Paralympic flame will leave Stormont, Belfast and arrive in Strabane at 12.30pm. A procession with the flame will leave Melvin Sports Complex in an open top car and travel into the town centre. The parade will include local children following the lantern with their own hand made lanterns.
At 2pm in Melvin there will be a family fun day with a barbeque, inflatables, archery, laser tag, mini golf, mini paralympic games, a 5 Star Disability Sport Challenge and a track parade with the flame and all participating children.
In the town centre there will be a live broadcast, face painting, cartoon characters, dancers, cage soccer and arts and crafts for children.
“It really is going to be a great day out for all the family. I would encourage everyone to come to the town centre that day to give the paralympic flame a warm local welcome” said the Chairman.
1. Draft Programme of Events
Saturday 25 August 2012
10.30 am Flame leaving Stormont ,Belfast
12.30 pm Flame arriving in Strabane
1pm Official welcome/photocall at Melvin Sports Complex
1.30 pm Procession with Paralympic Flame to leave Melvin Sports complex in an open top car towards town centre
– over Bridge Street, down Market Street, turning into Castle Street – up to Castle Place, onto Main Street and then back over Bridge Street for 2pm.
(Parade will include local children following the lantern with their own hand made lanterns)
2.00pm at Melvin 5 Star Disability Sport Challenge– with Disability Sport NI
3.00pm at Melvin Track Parade with flame and all participating children followed by Mini Paralympics games.
2.00pm – 4.30pm Fun Day activities at Melvin Sports Complex including:
Ø Mini Golf
Ø Laser Tag
Town Centre Activities from 12.00 noon - 2pm
Art/Crafts for children – making Lanterns (similar to the Paralympics lanterns)
Children’s cartoon characters
For further information please contact:
Corporate Policy Officer
Strabane District Council
47 Derry Road
Tel: 028 71 381341