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Heroes at the Ceremony

People from our region have been taking part in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics

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The "Quadfather" leads the way at The Paralympics

Peter Norfolk OBE carries the flag at last night's Paralympic opening ceremony Credit: Press Association

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 and the team enjoy their moment in the spotlight Credit: Press Association

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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