A chance to be part of his­tory

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THIS is your last chance to ap­ply for a unique chance to grab a role at an his­toric event in Bucks – by vol­un­teer­ing to be part of the dance per­for­mance at the Par­a­lympic Her­itage Flame cer­e­mony in Septem­ber.

Or­gan­is­ers are ap­peal­ing to the pub­lic to come for­ward to par­tic­i­pate in the cer­e­mony at Stoke Man­dev­ille Sta­dium, which will be tele­vised by Chan­nel 4. Ap­pli­cants must be reg­is­tered by July 8.

About 100 per­form­ers will be re­quired to take part in the Stoke Man­dev­ille cer­e­mony, but no ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary be­cause they will be taught by ex­perts dur­ing re­hearsals.

The flame light­ing cer­e­mony is part of the lead-up to the Rio 2016 Par­a­lympic Games.

Stoke Man­dev­ille, as the birth­place of the Par­a­lympic move­ment, is the only venue out­side the host na­tion of Brazil to play a role in cre­at­ing the Par­a­lympic Flame.

The Her­itage Flame will com­bine with oth­ers trav­el­ling to Rio from across Brazil to ig­nite the flame which marks the start of the Par­a­lympic Games.

This tra­di­tion be­gan two years ago be­fore the Sochi Games.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of WheelPower and mem­ber of the Bucks Legacy Board Martin McEl­hat­ton said: “This is a once-in-al­ife­time op­por­tu­nity to be part of an in­cred­i­ble event, which will be broad­cast live on Chan­nel 4.

“It will also be seen around the world when a record­ing is shown as part of the Rio 2016 Par­a­lympic Games open­ing cer­e­mony. It’s a chance to per­form with some of the best dis­abled and non-dis­abled dancers work­ing in the performing arts in­dus­try.

“Whether you’re a born per­former, en­joy the oc­ca­sional disco, or have never even tapped your foot to a beat, you’re more than wel­come to join in – and there are no em­bar­rass­ing au­di­tions.”

The event will be di­rected by Bradley Hem­mings, who was co-di­rec­tor of the Open­ing Cer­e­mony of the Lon­don 2012 Par­a­lympic Games and the in­au­gu­ral Par­a­lympic Her­itage Flame Cer­e­mony at Stoke Man­dev­ille in 2014.

To vol­un­teer, go to www.buck­sle­gacy.org to regis­ter by July 8.

Per­form­ers should be over 16 years of age and will need to be avail­able for an ori­en­ta­tion ses­sion on Sun­day, July 17, and for re­hearsals in a Buck­ing­hamshire lo­ca­tion on Sun­day, Au­gust 14 and Sun­day, Au­gust 14.

There will also be an on-site re­hearsal at Stoke Man­dev­ille Sta­dium 6pm on Thursday, Septem­ber 1.

The ac­tual per­for­mance is be­tween 7.30pm and 8.30pm on Fri­day, Septem­ber 2.

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