29/02/2012 04:39 GMT | Updated 29/02/2012 04:39 GMT

Paralympics To Use Mirror Effect Torch

A mirrored-effect torch to reflect the light of the Paralympic Flame will be used in the London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay.

Four separate flames will be lit for the torch relay in the run-up to the start of the Paralympics before coming together in a special ceremony at Stoke Mandeville, the spiritual home of the Paralympics on August 28.

The shiny finish to the aluminium alloy, which was developed for the aerospace and automotive industry, will serve a double purpose on the 24-hour relay starting on August 28.

With part of the relay taking place overnight, the colour of the mirrored-finish has also been designed to adapt to its surroundings and shine brightly in the darkness.

It should mean that the teams of torchbearers, set to carry it from Stoke Mandeville to the Olympic Stadium to the August 29 opening ceremony, will not be lost in the darkness.

More than 3,500 people have been nominated to carry the Paralympic Flame.

Officials are now whittling them down to the 580 torchbearers, who will work in teams of five. Names are still to be announced.

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said: "With six months to go until the start of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, we are on track to deliver a great Games that will showcase some of the most inspirational athletes from around the world.

"The Paralympic Torch Relay will provide the perfect start by involving people from across the UK in events celebrating the Flame and help the ignite passion for the Paralympics."

The first flame will be lit in London on August 24, followed by lightings in Belfast a day later, Edinburgh on August 26 and Cardiff on August 27.

Different ways have been promised for people to spark the separate flames.

Baroness Grey Thompson, an 11-time Paralympic athletics champion, said: "The unveiling of the Paralympic Torch is an important part of the London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay, as it will become the symbol that everyone recognises.

"With six months to go until the start of the Paralympic Games, I hope this will help build on the growing excitement and inspire the teams that are in line to carry the Flame from Stoke Mandeville to London."