South London Scout Brings Flame To Paralympic Torch
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On Friday morning Ellie Breen, a 12 year old scout with the 15th Wallington (Scoutlink) Group represented London scouting and welcomed six scouts from Cumbria who had carried the Paralympic Flame they lit on Wednesday on Scafell Pike in the Lake District to London in a Miners Lamp. Ellie joined the party and together with scout Luke Dowdall from Upminster, they presented the flame in Trafalgar Square.
Ellie and Luke represented the 45,000 scouts across London and are both members of scout groups which are specifically run for young people with special needs. They were both delighted to take part in the ceremony just five days before the start of the Paralympic Games. Lord Coe, the Prime Minister and the Mayor of London were all at the ceremony.
Ellie had just returned from the scouts summer camp in Sussex where the best bit was riding on a zip wire. Unlike Boris Johnson she did not get stuck on the wire. Ellie attends Blossom House School in Wimbledon and has really enjoyed watching the Olympic Games on television.
The Flame was used to light the Paralympic Torch which Claire Lomas, wearing a "bionic suit" she wears since she was left paralysed from the chest down in a riding accident, then used to light the cauldron which now stands on the north terrace of the square outside the National Gallery.
JPEG picture attached L to R Dean Jeffreys (London Region Commissioner) Ellie Breen Claire Devine (Scout Leader)