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Kensal Rise resident captures video footage of Paralympic Torch as it goes through Brent

PUBLISHED: 12:57 29 August 2012 | UPDATED: 13:03 29 August 2012

The torches are lit in Brent

The torches are lit in Brent

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The Flame stopped at Shree Swaminarayan Hindu in Neasden and Willesden Sports Centre

Hundreds of residents lined the streets of Brent to welcome the Paralympic Flame into the borough.

The first stop in Brent was outside the Shree Swaminarayan Hindu temple in Brentfield Road, Neasden, where five torchbearers were greeted with cheers and traditional prayers.

From there it made its way to Willesden Sports Centre in Donnington Road, Willesden, where bystanders waved Union flags despite the torch making its appearance two hours later then scheduled.

Lorraine Skinner of Haycroft Gardens, Kensal Rise, captured the momentous occasion on video (see link above).

The award-winning resident, who has scooped accolades for her environmental projects in the borough, told the Times: “It was easy to see why the torch was running late because there were masses of people lining the streets, so the convoy could only move slowly.

“It was really enjoyable watching it all.”

The flame continues through London via landmarks including the Abbey Road crossing in St John’s Wood which featured on the iconic Beatles LP cover and then to Lord’s Cricket Ground, where a group of cricketers who compete in the UK’s first blind women’s cricket team will carry the Flame.

Five previously unemployed people with disabilities, who have now all trained and qualified as fitness gym instructors, will carry the Flame at ZSL London Zoo.

The Flame will be carried through Piccadilly Circus and on to Trafalgar Square.

Among the torchbearers carrying the Flame through Trafalgar Square is Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who won 16 Paralympic medals including 11 golds.

The Flame continues via Westminster Abbey, across Tower Bridge before being taken to City Hall by a group of Paralympians.

In the late afternoon and evening the Flame will visit the Olympic host boroughs, including being taken to Hackney Town Hall, Leyton Jubilee Park in Waltham Forest, and Stratford Park, Newham, before finishing at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London.

Are you Brent resident who took pictures of the Flame?

If so email them to lorraine.king@archant.co.uk.

Click on the picture gallery at the top left to see more images.

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