Video: Paralympic Lantern arrives in Horsham

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Bumper crowds ignored the showery weather this morning (Saturday August 25) to watch the arrival of the Paralympic Lantern to Horsham Park.

A carnival parade was led by Sussex table tennis star and future Paralympian hopeful Tyler Paul and Michael Hobbs, a local disabled athlete and volunteer, who brought the Paralympic Lantern across the Park to a special stage.

The Paralympic flame arrives in Horsham.

The Paralympic flame arrives in Horsham.

It was then handed over to chairman of the district council, Leonard Crosbie, and West Sussex County Council deputy leader, Lionel Barnard.

The Lantern ceremony was part of a Paralympic celebrations which also included a chance to have a go at various sports, including goalball, Boccia, blind football, table tennis, athletics, cricket and gymnastics.

There was also an enormous painted Paralympic panel created by local artists, live bands, DJs, dance workshops, dance performances, welcome flag making workshops and the Blue Touch Paper integrated samba band ‘Boom Tribe’.

See Thursday’s West Sussex County Times for photos and a full report on the day.