John-Allan Butterworth in his days with the RAF and now as a Paralympic cyclist
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Paralympic-veteran link continues

23 August 2012 Last updated at 22:02 BST

With only six days to go until the London Paralympic Games open, demand for tickets is higher than ever, with more due to go on sale next week and during the Games themselves.

It is a far cry from the event's origins as a small gathering of World War II veterans, but the link with veterans is still strong today.

Andy Swiss reports from Newport.