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A packed Olympic Stadium and millions more across the world watched last night as Joe Townsend, who lost both legs as a Royal Marine in Afghanistan, flew in on a zip wire to start the sequence that lit the Paralympic cauldron.
The Royal Marine commando from Sussex is aspiring to compete in Rio 2016 as a triathlete.
Two years ago Joe was given the 'Freedom of Eastbourne' at a special ceremony.
An Eastbourne Book of Honour was also launched to recognise the town's residents who have served their country since World War II.
Hampshire's Peter Norfolk, who's known as "The Quadfather" carried the British flag at the Paralympic opening ceremony last night.
He led Britain, the last of 164 nations, into the arena to a rapturous reception and the strains of David Bowie's 'Heroes' as the host nation received a taster of the partisan noise which is set to greet them in their medal quest.
Peter lives in Alton. He made history at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games when he won Britain’s first ever medals in Wheelchair Tennis – a gold in the Quad Singles and a silver in Quad Doubles, where he played alongside Mark Eccleston.
In 1979, Peter had a motorcycle accident which left him with a spinal cord injury.
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Two people from our region have had a night to remember as they took centre stage at the Paralympic opening ceremony.