Son of Grantham Isaac Newton is celebrated at the Paralympics opening ceremony as the Gravity Fields Festival approaches

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GRANTHAM’S son Isaac Newton played a large part in the opening ceremony of the Paralympics on Wednesday evening.

More than 60,000 spectators and millions of TV viewers watched as the ceremony drew on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, with lead character Miranda being sent on her journey of discovery. She was shown to learn about Newton’s discovery of gravity in the gardens of Woolsthorpe Manor featured, narrated by Professor Stephen Hawking.

And as she bit into an apple, so did the 62,000 people in the stadium, representing the apple which is famously said to have fallen from a tree at Woolsthorpe and inspired Newton’s discovery.

The Newton-themed scene ended with a huge golden apple rising up towards the sky.

Organisers of Grantham’s Gravity Fields Festival, taking place September 21-28, said the tribute to Newton could not have come at a better time, as they continue preparations for the week-long festivities.

Leader of the council Councillor Linda Neal added: “This profile of the Grantham man many people believe to be the most important scientist that has ever lived can only help with the promotion of our own Gravity Fields event which is a week-long arts and science festival starting on September 21.

“The opening of the Paralympic Games was watched by millions of people both nationally and internationally and we are now working hard to make the most of the opportunity to attract even more people to our own event which is already attracting visitors from far and wide.”

To find out more about the festival, visit or call 01476 406158.