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London 2012: Paralympic torch relay to visit Yorkshire

The Paralympic torch will visit towns and cities across Yorkshire on its way to the opening ceremony in August.

Celebrations will be held in Beverley, Huddersfield, Leeds, Sheffield and York.

The locations for the torch stops have been revealed by the London 2012 organising committee Locog, to mark six months until the opening ceremony.

The celebrations take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Beverley in East Yorkshire will hold a day of activities to mark the torch's arrival.

'Great honour'

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "To host part of the Paralympic Torch Relay is fantastic news for our area and we hope that all our residents will join us in celebrating this once in a lifetime event."

A Paralympic taster event will be held in Leeds to celebrate the torch's arrival.

Disabled people from the city will be able to take part in sports activities at the John Charles Centre for Sport.

Councillor Jack Dunn, Leeds City Council's executive member for leisure, said hosting the Paralympic flame was a "great honour".

Locog said four flames would be lit for the torch relay, one each in London, Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff.

The four flames will travel across the UK before being united at the Paralympic flame lighting ceremony at Stoke Mandeville.

The flame will then be carried on a 24-hour overnight relay to London and the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games on 29 August.

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