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The atmosphere was one of elation and celebration today as the Paralympic Torch Relay travelled through stunning Regent's Park.

Torch Bearers were flanked by regular park users cycling on West Euston Ability Bikes, which are specially designed for people with impaired mobility.

Regular Ability Bike rider Tyler London, 12, from Gospel Oak who has Cerebral palsy and is also blind was thrilled to be part of the Torch Relay riding with her cousin Paige London, 14.

Tyler's mum Emma Nicolaou said: "To take part in something like today is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Tyler. The Ability Bikes are absolutely fantastic and to have the opportunity to ride through such a lovely park is very special. Tyler is an adrenaline junky, once we start speeding up and going over bumps she laughs and laughs."

The Ability Bike project run by West Euston Partnership in partnership with Camden Council and The Royal Parks, allows people with a range of disabilities to cycle in and around the unique setting of Regent's Park.

The Flame entered Regent's Park just after noon today to the cheers of hundreds who gathered for the momentous occasion and was carried by Torch Bearers through the park - along The Broad Walk and past the Ready Money Drinking Fountain*.

Regent's Park, which offers the biggest outdoor sports facilities in central London, was well and truly on show for the event with Camden Council running a range sporting activities including football, volleyball and athletics along the Torch route.

The Royal Parks Chief Executive Linda Lennon CBE said: "What an absolutely incredible and historic day at Regent's Park as we celebrate the beginning of the Paralympic Games in London.

"The Royal Parks was very proud to host the Paralympic Flame today and we are delighted to also host the Paralympic Equestrian at Greenwich Park and the Paralympic Marathon which will start and finish on The Mall at St James's Park.

"To host so many people in Regent's Park celebrating and getting involved the Paralympic Games is inspiring to all of us here at The Royal Parks."

Ms Lennon described Regent's Park as highly accessible for all community members and visitors from local and global surrounds.

The park's passionate sports team ensures there is a variety of sporting and recreational activities on offer, including exercise classes such as Pilates, yoga and the weekly Learning Disabilities Get Active class, alongside more organised sports such as football, rugby and cricket for both adults and children.

The popular playground at Hanover Gate was designed in consultation Westminster Council and specialists in accessibility for children with disabilities.

Wider access across Regent's Park has recently increased with a newly installed Board Walk across the Queen Mary's Garden Lake allowing even more visitors to study the aquatic environment at close quarters.

Regent's Park is also hosts to a Green London 2012 Discovery Trail. This is a 3.7km walk through the most scenic points of the park is guided by London 2012 mascots Mandeville and Wenlock.


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