Get free tickets to see ‘Spirit in Motion’ – Heritage Flame Celebration

A celebratory event for Stoke Mandeville, the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement and Heritage Flame, ahead of the Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Sunday 2 March, 7.30pm at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

The extraordinary story of the birth of the Paralympic movement at Stoke Mandeville will come to life in this unique event, which brings together leading Paralympic athletes, film, visual arts, live music and performance.

This is a “not to be missed” opportunity to see aerial circus performers from the 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony as well as inspiring past and future athletes, together with a very special performance by Andrea Begley, winner of BBC One’s “The Voice”.

Hosted by disabled actor Ben Owen Jones, whose appearances include the BBC’s dramatization of the story of Dr. Ludwig Guttmann, the event will also feature visual artist Rachel Gadsden and, soprano Denise Leigh.

The Sochi Paralympic Torch will also make a special appearance at the event. This will be lit the day before at the flame lighting ceremony at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, a pilot event for how the Paralympic Heritage Flame will link Stoke Mandeville to all future summer and winter Paralympic Games. The Ceremony will be broadcast to a global TV audience as part of the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony in Russia and will be witnessed live by a small audience of international, national and local community guests.

How to apply for tickets

Tickets to the event are free via a ballot which can be entered by anyone who lives or works in Aylesbury Vale. The ballot will close at midnight on Sunday 16 February and you will be notified if you have been successful by Tuesday 18 February. A ballot of tickets for disabled people is also taking place.

For more information about the event or to enter the ballots visit

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