Paralympics 2012 off to a big bang

London was lit by spectacular fireworks once again as the capital city welcomed the start of the Paralympic Games.

Professor Stephen Hawking, who has motor neurone disease, took spectators on a journey of discovery, focusing on themes of human possibility and empowerment.

The show, which was named Enlightenment, featured deaf and disabled children, artists, performers and athletes, a recital from The Tempest by Sir Ian McKellen, as well as the worlds largest 'apple crunch'.