Sussex marine arrives in style at the Paralympic Ceremony

Royal Marine Joe Townsend zips down to pay a visit Credit: Press Association

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.

Joe descended into the arena on a zip-wire from the ArcelorMittal Orbit Credit: Press Association

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.


Heroes at the Ceremony

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