SPORTING spirit was alive and well in Sheffield as the city kick-started its Paralympic celebrations.
Excitement was in the air at the Winter Garden when five-time Paralympian Colin Price brought the flame home.
Well-wishers were given the chance to pen messages of support in a book to athletes ahead of the opening ceremony on Wednesday.
The book will be presented to the 48 sportsmen and women who are either from Sheffield or have been based in the city during their pre-competition training.
The Paralympic flame went to York before being split into five separate flames to mark the beginning of celebrations in the county.
The lantern containing Sheffield’s part remains on display today, with the torch relay set to pass through Norfolk Heritage Park during the Jubilee Fayre tomorrow afternoon.
Wheelchair basketballer Colin, from Sheffield said: “It was great to go and get our bit of the flame from York and bring it back here.
“The Olympics was so fantastic, there has been a little bit of a comedown since but now everyone is showing a real interest in the Paramypics.
“There’s a real buzz around it. We’ve got a lot of athletes from the city taking part in the games so I think the Paralympics is going to be really great for Sheffield.”
Penny Watt, 47, of Ranmoor and her children Patrick, 14, Ursula, 11 and eight-year-old Agnes all penned good luck messages. The sports-mad family will visit the capital to watch the Paralympian athletics.
Penny said: “We are really excited about going to the Paralympics. We’ve seen world champions in Sheffield because a lot of athletes trained here.”