DysNet patron, Alison Lapper, featured in Paralympic opening ceremony spectacular
A massive version of the statue of DysNet/EDRIC patron, Alison Lapper, Pregnant, featured centre-stage at the climax of last night's Paralympic opening ceremony, accompanied by a a performance of Ian Dury's Spasticus Autisticus.
The original sculpture by Marc Quinn was first displayed from the fourth plinth in London's Trafalgar Square.
141 disabled performers took part, including 27 wheelchair users, followed by the entrance of the competitors which culminated in the home nation.
The Paralympic flame descended into the arena in the hands of Royal Marines Commando Joe Townsend, an aspiring Paralympian who lost both legs after stepping on an explosive device in Afghanistan. He, and the torch descended on a zip wire from near the top of the 350ft ArcelorMittal Orbit tower to the base of the Paralympic cauldron. He handed the torch to David Clarke, one of the GB visually impaired football team, who passed it to the final torchbearer, Margaret Maughan, Britain's first gold medallist at the inaugural Paralympic Games in Rome, 1960.
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