London 2012 Paralympic Cauldron lit

The Paralympic Cauldron was lit by Credit: Kai Tabacek

Britain's first gold medalist in the 1st Paralympic Games at Rome in 1960 lit the Olympic Cauldron. She was passed the flame by Royal Marine Commando Joe Townsend, who lost both of his legs in an explosion whilst serving in Afghanistan, who descended into the stadium on a zip wire.

Marc Quinn's scupture took centre stage at the final stages of the opening ceremony Credit: Kai Tabacek

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Paralympics Opening Ceremony

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