24 August 2012 at 10.43am | Comment on this article
With the starting gun fired for the Paralympics in just five days time, the Royal Opera House welcomed the Paralympic flame onto its stage early this morning for a photoshoot and filming session.
A meeting of an iconic Paralympic symbol and an iconic London location, the torch was lit on the Covent Garden stage in preparation for photographs with actor Eddie Marsan. Eddie played Dr Ludwig Guttmann in the BBC Two drama 'The Best of Men', Guttmann being the pioneering neurologist who founded the Stoke Mandeville Games. Watch Eddie talk about the role on BBC News.
The torch's arrival was quite a sight as it entered the building with an entourage of around twenty including police runners and flame handlers. Also present were the backup of small lamps holding the 'mother flame'.
After the snaps, a short filming session featured Eddie running on Bow Street, to turned heads from passers-by. The session was wrapped and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) team seemed thrilled. I even managed to get a photo with Eddie and the torch myself!