Relighting the fire

Crowds gathered to welcome the Olympic torch to Giffnock ' now it's the turn of the Paralympic torch.
Crowds gathered to welcome the Olympic torch to Giffnock ' now it's the turn of the Paralympic torch.

THE Olympic torch arriving in Giffnock may be a distant, if happy, memory – but this week there’s another chance to celebrate.

The Paralympic torch relay is making its way around the UK, arriving in the southside this Sunday amid a family fun day celebrating Glasgow’s arts scene.

Pollokshields venue Tramway has tailored its family day in celebration of the iconic torch, brought to Glasgow by flame ambassadors Jodie Taylor and Maggie McEleny.

Families are invited along from noon until 4pm, and can take part in workshops organised by the Hidden Gardens and resident visual artists, all working together to create a artistic collage inspired by the Games.

There will be live music and dance shows from the Limelight Band and Maggie Riley, Indepen-dance, Solar Bear’s deaf youth theatre and Joseph Delaney, the first disabled musician to graduate from a Scottish university music course.

And for those more interested in sport than arts, there’s a chance to try your hand at boccia, basketball and other Paralympic-themed events.

The flame will be welcomed into the city by the lord provost of Glasgow, Sadie Docherty.

Councillor Docherty – a southside representative, for the Linn ward – commented: “Glasgow provided an amazing welcome for the Olympic flame and I have no doubt that our citizens will be just as excited about the arrival of Glasgow’s piece of the Paralympic Flame.

“Sport and activity is for all and we will be cheering on our Team GB athletes as they reveal the true spirit of human endeavour at the London 2012 Paralympic Games”.

The Glasgow event is one of many taking place across the UK, followed by flame-lighting moments and festival events in Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff.

The Games then kick off on Wednesday (August 29), running until September 9.