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Injured soldiers learn circus skills for Paralympic opening ceremony

Injured soldiers will be trained in circus skills for a spectacular high-wire act at the opening ceremony for the Paralympic Games.

The servicemen are among 50 disabled performers being tutored by Circus Space in Hoxton in an intensive eight-week training course.

Circus skills are demonstrated at today's media briefing. Credit: London Tonight

Established performers and past Paralympic athletes will also be involved.

Organisers say that the ceremony has been called "Enlightenment" in celebration of "the inspirational spirit of the Paralympic Games that challenges perceptions of human possibility."

The ceremony will also include a fly-past by Aerobility, a charity that trains disabled people to become pilots.

The ceremony will include a high-wire act on a 35m tall rig. Credit: London Tonight

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