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Paralympic flame at Preston Military Show

Guardsman Dave Watson
Image caption Guardsman Dave Watson carried the flame into Preston Military Show

The Paralympic flame was carried through the streets of Preston before it was taken to Fulwood Barracks as part of the city's military show.

The flame formed part of the city's historic Guild celebrations at the Flag Market on Saturday morning.

Wounded, injured and sick soldiers from 42 (NW) Brigade's Personnel Recovery Unit had paraded it through the city.

It was then carried in a lamp to the military show by local serviceman Guardsman Dave Watson.

Guardsman Watson, of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards, lost an arm and both legs after an IED exploded in Helmand in May 2010.

Lancashire-born soldier Kingsman Anthony Cooper, of the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, accompanied him through the barracks gates.

He also lost his legs to an IED blast in the same year.

He said: "It has been really inspiring having the Olympics and now the Paralympics in my home country.

"The Paralympics means so much more to me now that I have lost my legs, because I might turn out to be a Paralympian also.

"Going through Preston and hearing everyone clapping and cheering us gave me a proper buzz, and now, when I go back to Headley Court, I'll be on top of the world and will move on in my recovery so much faster."

The flame was held on display at the barracks throughout the day.

The Preston Military Show is the largest display by the armed forces in the North West and involves soldiers and cadets from Cheshire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria.

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