Paralympic spirit hits the waters of York

Today a 200-strong flotilla will launch on the River Ouse, York (pictured), with the Paralympic Lantern amongst the procession.

The pageant will be led by canoes and rowers followed by larger power boats, then narrow boats and barges with inflatable craft ending the parade.

The flotilla will be on the right of the river from Naburn towards Clifton before turning around to return through the city centre.

The public can watch from the riverbanks between Naburn Marina and Clinfton Ings. The lantern itself will be carried by a local disabled sports participant.

The city’s civic party and special guests will be aboard the first boat to appear at 12.30pm and will moor at Queen’s Staith.

The flotilla is part of the city’s York 800 festivities which celebrate the 800th anniversary of York’s freedom to govern itself. The flotilla is also the grand finale to the annual Festival of Rivers.

Cllr Sonja Crisp, a cabinet member for the city council, said: ‘Having the Paralympic Lantern on board the York 800 flotilla helps shed more light onto the achievement of York’s disabled athletes and sportspeople and the opportunities open to them in the city.’

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