Claire Lomas lights Paralympic flame in London

Claire Lomas lighting the flame in Trafalgar Square just before 8.30am Credit: PA

A woman paralysed in a horse riding accident five years ago has walked onto stage using robotic legs to light the Paralympic flame in London.

Claire Lomas who's from Eye Kettleby in Leicestershire suffered severe spinal injuries after a horse riding accident.

But despite her accident Claire has fought to walk again using a robotic suit which straps to her legs.

The suit, which is powered by an eight hour battery, supports her legs and hips, moving each leg forward in response to subtle changes in her balance.

Earlier this year she completed the London Marathon using the suit to walk the 26.2 mile course.

Claire has been using a pair of robotic suit to walk the 26.2 mile course.

Today she was joined on the stage in Trafalgar Square by the Prime Minister David Cameron, Lord Seb Coe and London Mayor Boris Johnson.

After steadying herself on her crutches and helped by aides, she placed the Paralympic flame into the cauldron which will burn until the games start next week.

For more on the lighting of the Paralympic flame see the ITV News National Site.