Thousands gathered in Aylesbury Town Centre last night to welcome the Paralympic torch and enjoy an evening of pyro, music, dance, fireworks and projection mapping in a free Paralympic Flame Celebration.

The Paralympic flame was lit last night at a ceremony held at Stoke Mandeville stadium, birthplace of the Paralympic Games, watched by Lord Sebastian Coe, Sir Steve Redgrave, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Sir Philip Craven, president of the International Paralympic Committee.

The flame, created by the four flames of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, made its way out of the stadium, beginning a 92-mile journey to the Olympic Park where it will signal the start of the Paralympic Games this evening.

Aylesbury Vale District Council organised the free family-friendly flame celebration in the town’s market square. Live footage from the Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony was shown on big screens supplied by ADI and outdoor performances from Starting Line and Welcome Songs.

The flame celebration finale was led by The World Famous and Shared Space and Light, which were responsible for fireworks, fire art and projection mapping on Aylesbury’s court building. ADI, Frontline Security, Impact Production Services, LM Productions, Cliff Productions and Eve also supplied kit and services to the event.

During the day, Aylesbury’s shopping centre played host to lantern workshops, giving local children the opportunity to make torch lanterns to carry at the evening celebration.