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Sussex marine arrives in style at the Paralympic Ceremony

Royal Marine Joe Townsend zips down to pay a visit Credit: Press Association

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.

Joe descended into the arena on a zip-wire from the ArcelorMittal Orbit Credit: Press Association

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.


The "Quadfather" leads the way at The Paralympics

Peter Norfolk OBE carries the flag at last night's Paralympic opening ceremony Credit: Press Association

Hampshire's Peter Norfolk, who's known as "The Quadfather" carried the British flag at the Paralympic opening ceremony last night.

He led Britain, the last of 164 nations, into the arena to a rapturous reception and the strains of David Bowie's 'Heroes' as the host nation received a taster of the partisan noise which is set to greet them in their medal quest.

Peter and the team enjoy their moment in the spotlight Credit: Press Association

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.