War veteran Joe Townsend flies into stadium on a zip wire

Double amputee Afghan war veteran Joe Townsend flew in on a zip wire with the Paralympic Flame from the nearby Orbit. He then passed the flame to Margaret Maughan, Britain's 1st gold medalist in the 1st Paralympic Games in Rome in 1960, who lit the cauldron.

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Paralympics Opening Ceremony

The Paralympic opening ceremony has begun at the Olympic Stadium in London.