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.

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Heroes at the Ceremony

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