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.
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