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Paralympic flame on Northern Ireland journey

The Paralympic flame will start its journey across Northern Ireland after being lit by paralympian Angela Hendra at Stormont today.

After the ceremony in Belfast, the flame will visit Cookstown, Ballymena, Derry, Newry, Carrickfergus, Strabane and Lisburn.

The Belfast Flame Festival will include celebrations and a stage show outside Belfast City Hall from 6.30pm.

Eight Northern Ireland athletes will competing in the London games.

In Belfast a lantern procession will accompany eight torchbearers as the flame is carried from the Waterfront Hall to the City Hall.

A cauldron will then be lit using the flame which was created on Wednesday on Slieve Donard.

Former athlete Angela Hendra will light the cauldron outside of the Stormont buildings to start the celebrations.

She won three silver and three bronze medals for table tennis and one gold medal for bowls in four Paralympic Games between 1972 and 1984.

She has also worked as a volunteer in disability sport for 40 years and is chair of Disability Sports NI.

There will also be paralympic events across northern ireland including in Cookstown, Ballymena, Strabane, Carrickfergus and Londonderry.

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