Heathcotes Oadby gets in the Paralympic Spirit!
Dressed in specially made costumes, Ella, Laura and Stephen were part of the parade that accompanied the Paralympic flame, which arrived in a miners lamp before touring Leicester, the only East Midlands city to be included in a whistlestop tour of 34 locations in the UK.
The flame was carried by swimmer Paige Murray, who had the honour of leading a parade of dancers, drummers and athletes as it wound its way through the streets, watched by thousands of onlookers. The parade ended in front of a big screen, where onlookers could watch or try out a variety of Paralympic sports, including fencing, football and wheelchair basketball.
"I loved the whole experience," said Ella, "We had to get into our costumes and take part in a procession to celebrate the opening of the Paralympic Games. There was lots of music and dancing and the weather was really nice!"
Maxine Campion, a support worker from Heathcotes Oadby added, "What a great experience - it was fantastic to see Stephen, Ella and Laura involved in something so momentous and they had massive smiles on their faces all day!"
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