Ballot appeal

Still time to be part of Heritage Flame ceremony 

Organisers of the Paralympics Heritage Flame ceremony at Stoke Mandeville Stadium on 2 September are urging the public to enter the ballot for tickets. 
Places are limited at the spectacular ceremony, which will celebrate Stoke Mandeville’s unique status as the birthplace of the Paralympic movement. The event will conclude with creating the Heritage Flame which will combine with flames from across Brazil on 7 September to mark the start of the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.  
Channel 4 will be broadcasting live from the Stoke Mandeville event, and footage of the evening will also be incorporated into the Paralympics opening ceremony itself, seen by millions of people around the world. 
The ballot will close on 1 August, when the lucky winners will be selected by organisers to join the VIP guests and officials in witnessing the historic event. This is only the second time that a Heritage Flame from outside the host country has played a role in creating the Paralympic Flame to start the games.
Anyone can apply to enter the ballot, although there is a maximum of two entries per household. The winners will be selected after the 1 Aug closing date and will be notified by email that they have been awarded two tickets for the ceremony. To enter the ballot, click here 
The ceremony is just one of the events taking place on 2 September to mark the occasion. From 10am the Paralympic GB Carnival at Stoke Mandeville Stadium will give people the opportunity to try a variety of sports, take on testing challenges and meet inspiring stars from previous Paralympic Games. Then from 6pm there will be a free public event in Aylesbury’s Vale Park, with entertainment and fun culminating in the Heritage Flame lit at Stoke Mandeville Stadium leading a carnival procession around the park and a spectacular firework display. 
Cllr Angela Macpherson, AVDC Cabinet Member for Leisure, Communities and Civic Amenities, said: “This is a rare opportunity to be part of something amazing that will be remembered for years to come and I urge everyone to enter the ballot. It is so important that we celebrate the historic role that Stoke Mandeville has played in creating the Paralympic Games, which bring people together from around the world.”