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Paralympic flame lit on Ben Nevis

Media captionA group of scouts climb Ben Nevis to light a flame at the summit ahead of the Paralympic Games in London

Scouts have a lit a flame on Britain's highest peak to help start the Paralympic torch relay.

The youngsters made the 1,344m (4,409ft) ascent of Ben Nevis in Lochaber, then struck a flint against steel to spark a flame at the summit.

The flame will later be carried to Edinburgh to be used to light a ceremonial cauldron on the Mound.

Scouts also sparked flames atop the highest peaks of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Scottish group set off just after 06:00 on the trek to the top of Ben Nevis and lit the flame shortly after 11:00.

The flames from Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Slieve Donard will visit UK capital cities before uniting in the home of the Paralympic movement, Stoke Mandeville.

The ceremony in Edinburgh on Sunday will also feature a lantern procession at Meadowbank Sports Centre.

Ahead of the weekend's event, the Paralympic logo was unveiled at the Mound.

Called Agitos - meaning I move - the three coloured curved lines were revealed with a fireworks fanfare.

A helicopter took part in the show as well as Paralympian, Alasdair Hamilton, from Turriff, Aberdeenshire, who shot an arrow at a target near the logo.

The London 2012 Paralympic Games run from 29 August to 9 September.

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