In pictures: Lincoln greets Egyptian Paralympians

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Lincoln welcomed Egypt’s finest 55 Paralympic athletes on Sunday, August 19, with a special ceremony at the Holiday Inn Express hotel.

Paralympians and their coaches, Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, the Deputy Mayor of Lincoln and a host of councillors gathered in the bar and foyer.

Attendees were treated to afternoon tea and special welcome cakes, while local Egyptian families could try their hand at table tennis against the country’s best.

Welcome speeches came from Lincolnshire Champion of the London 2012 games Councillor Doreen Stephenson, Deputy Mayor of Lincoln Pat Vaughan and Dr Mohsen Said, Chef de Mission of Egyptian Paralympic Team.

Dr Said noted that if Egypt won any medals, Lincoln “had a share in forming that medal”. He then presented Councillor Vaughan with the Egyptian flag and special pin badge.

After the presentations, there was a chance to look at and hold the Olympic Torch.