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Scouts to create Paralympic Flame
Lord Coe says the four groups of Scouts, who create the flame for the Paralympic Torch, are inspirational
Four groups of Scouts will set off on a challenging climb up four of the UK's highest mountains to create the flame that will light the Paralympic Torch.
The teams will climb Scafell Pike, England's highest peak, Slieve Donard, the highest peak in Northern Ireland, Snowdon, Wales's highest peak, and Ben Nevis, Scotland's highest point.
When they reach the top, after an expected four-hour trek, they will use a ferrocerium rod and strike it against a rough steel surface to make the sparks that will create the flame.
The flame will then be placed in a miner's lantern and brought back down on foot before being transferred to London, Cardiff, Belfast and Edinburgh for a day of Paralympic celebration at the end of this week and over the bank holiday weekend.
Inspiration for the climb came from the massive public support for the Olympic Torch relay, and Scouts spokesman Andrew Thorp said: "The young people and adults involved are really excited.
"Lots of them have said to me that they were so inspired when they saw the Olympic Torch relay a few weeks ago and this is just an amazing, amazing opportunity."
Mr Thorp went on: "For the Olympic torch relay there were over 100 Scout volunteers members involved in carrying the flame then. It just came out of there really and if there's one thing Scouts are known for it's for lighting flames and having adventures."
Lord Coe said: "The combination of teamwork and human endeavour being used to create the flame is a very fitting start to the Paralympic torch relay celebrations.
"This group of inspirational individuals will be lighting the way to a fantastic 10 days of sport."