The Flame's final journey

Through the night the Paralympic Torch has been carried in a relay, which started at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire yesterday.

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"The Quadfather" carries the Team GB flag

Peter Norfolk OBE Credit: PA

Hampshire's Peter Norfolk, who's known as "The Quadfather" is carrying the flag for Team GB in the Paralympic opening ceremony.

Peter lives in Alton. He made history at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games when he won Britain’s first ever medals in Wheelchair Tennis – a gold in the Quad Singles and a silver in Quad Doubles, where he played alongside Mark Eccleston.

In 1979, Peter had a motorcycle accident which left him with a spinal cord injury.

Keeping the Flame alive

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Last night, a team of Torchbearers carried the Paralympic Flame onto the stage at the Aylesbury Flame Celebration in the Market Square to mark their contribution to the development of Paralympic sport.

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A spectacular firework display kicked off celebrations as the Flame started on it's 24 hour journey to the Olympic Park for tonight's Opening Ceremony - marking the start of the Paralympic Games.



Team GB's Paralympic hopes

Over the past year Meridian Tonight has been profiling athletes who will be going for gold in the Paralympic Games. As the South prepares for the opening celebrations Penny Silvester reports on Team GB's medal prospects.

Penny Silvester spoke to Tom Aggar Paralympic rower, Lucy Shuker Paralympic wheelchair tennis player, Barry Bowden GB's boccia coach and cos Lily Van Den Broeke.

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