Father and son star in Paralympics opening ceremony
A young man with cerebral palsy rubbed shoulders with the stars when he took part in the Paralympics opening ceremony.
Jordan Adams, 21, from Wallington, drove his initially reluctant father, Ric, to sign up for a place in the opening ceremony.
But after the spectacular that was watched by over 11 million people across the world - Jordan's dad is now wondering what their next adventure will be.
Mr Adams, 53, said: “We got to meet Sir Ian McKellen and also Flawless who smelled good.
“We were at the big statue of Alison Lapper – marching towards her.
“Then we went off and came back for the finale song.
“We have had the best time ever. It was just amazing being inside that that stadium."
The father and son duo began rehearsals in June and were in a section of the ceremony called ‘empowerment’.
They had been rehearsing in a group of five over the weeks and their piece was performed to the music of Spasticus Autisticus.
Mr Adams added: “We didn’t want to get off the stage at the end.
“That last song I Am What I Am encapsulated the sentiment. Jordan is in a wheel chair but he is his own person - he has his own plans.
“My son was totally responsible for me being there. He wanted to apply and I didn’t.
“He was absolutely the driving force. I’ve got him to thank for giving me an amazing summer.
“We shared the whole experience together and he’s proud of what we did.”
The pair have been able to keep their costumes as a souvenir of their amazing day.
Jordan’s mum and sister managed to get tickets for the ceremony only days before.
After getting back home the family have been watching the show on television and they have tickets for Sunday’s athletics.