Eight young people participating in Mencap Cymru’s Play Our Way! Project were invited by Disability Sports Wales to lead the lantern procession that followed the Paralympic Torchbearers in Cardiff Bay on Monday.

Young people from the Play Our Way! project became Paralympic Torchbearer guards this week

The flame has now left Wales and yesterday was united with flames from the 3 other UK nations at Stoke Mandeville. It is this flame that will be used to light the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony tonight (Wednesday), marking the start of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

'Play Our Way!' is one of ten projects from across the UK that is taking part in BBC Children in Need’s Fun and Friendship Programme. Its purpose is to help to create and enhance opportunities for disabled young people between the ages of 12 and 18 to meet friends and have a good time as independently as possible.

Five hundred young people are now taking part in the Fun and Friendship Programme which runs from 2010 to 2013.

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by Sian

    on 12 Sept 2012 13:57

    I had a great time, I met Simon Weston and got really close to the flame. It was wonderful to join in.

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by billy laing

    on 7 Sept 2012 07:07

    Best experience ever! Felt very proud to take part in the event.

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by BBC CiN Paul_Host

    on 6 Sept 2012 16:34

    Aw thank you so much for your fantastic comments, everyone! Really glad you all had a good time carrying the lanterns and supporting the Paralympic Torchbearers! :)

  • Comment number 3. Posted by Ceri

    on 5 Sept 2012 22:07

    It was amazing carrying the lantern. I felt older and important because it was a very good thing the Paralympics!

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by Charlie

    on 5 Sept 2012 10:16

    It made me feel happy! I felt proud - it was awesome! I liked hearing the crowd cheering as we followed the Torchbearers!

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by Mencap Cymru - Play our Way

    on 4 Sept 2012 15:33

    We were very excited to be asked to take part in the Cardiff flame procession! It was great fun helping make the lanterns that we then carried behind the Torchbearers. We were the first group as well, which meant we were right up close to the torchbearers! We got front row view to see Simon Weston light the cauldron!

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