Huddersfield celebrates start of Paralympic Games

Thousands of local people cheered as the Paralympic Flame arrived in Huddersfield on Friday on its relay to London for the start of the Games this week.

The flame, encased in a lantern, arrived in a Jackal – an armoured vehicle more commonly used for rapid assault and convoy protection than a jaunt around Huddersfield. The 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment led the lantern relay with Pte Chris Herbert, who lost his right leg during a tour of Iraq, carrying the flame.

Cheers went up as the Regiment’s TA members arrived at the Leeds Road playing fields at the end of the afternoon of the Kirklees Youth Games, a multi-sport festival. Capping off the relay route and helping to release balloons was former Paralympian and world champion Paul Cartwright.

A former Newsome High School pupil, Paul excelled in a variety of sports including wheelchair sprint and pentathlon.He represented Great Britain in the 1984 Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville where he reached the final of the 100 metres race, coming fifth.

Recently appointed Ambassador for Hollybank Trust, where he was a former pupil, Paul told the audience:
“It doesn’t matter what your background is, everyone is entitled to have a dream.

“If someone told me at school I would be representing my country at the Paralympics I’d have laughed. It just goes to show that with hard work and determination you can reach your goals.”

Read more on this story on the Huddersfield Examiner website.


A new prayer for the Paralympic Games has been written. It has been added to a website section designed to resource churches and people as they enjoy the 2012 Paralympic Games.
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