Back-up torch to light Paralympic flame at end of opening ceremony

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A back-up torch will light the cauldron at the close of the Paralympics opening ceremony due to a three-hour delay in the relay.

Official London 2012 organisers have confirmed that a back-up torch will light the cauldron at the close of the Paralympics opening ceremony due to a lengthy delay in the torch relay.

There were fears that the original flame would not be able to mark the start of the Paralympic Games due to an initial one-hour-and-a-half delay.

It has now been claimed that the delay has increased to three hours due to poor weather conditions, which has hampered various change-overs along the route.

The opening ceremony is due to begin at 8pm this evening.

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