Paralympics closing show role for Andy

Andy Fisher
Andy Fisher

Milton Keynes man Andy Fisher played a leading part in the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on Sunday night.

War veteran Andy was given the once in a lifetime opportunity to take part in the Human Endeavour piece as the Games drew to a spectacular close.

This segment saw 16 of the Help for Heroes Band of Brothers enter the stadium while the national anthem was being sung and pushing a large metal platform on wheels, designed to look like a historic gun turret.

After weeks of rehearsals 44-year-old Andy couldn’t wait for the ceremony to get under way.

He said: “It was an amazing thing to be part of.

“Help for Heroes have supported me the whole way through my recovery and I know they will be there for the rest of my life. This was another opportunity that they gave me and I jumped at the chance to be involved.

“Being part of the closing ceremony was an incredible experience and something I will never forget.”

Bryn Parry, Help for Heroes chief executive and co-founder said: “The 2012 Games have been extraordinary, they have changed the public’s perception, they have informed, enthused and inspired. People now see not the injury but the achievement, they understand that you are not defined by your injury but by what you can do. In the years to come, people will look back and say that 2012 was a defining point; something our wounded heroes have been a part of.”