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Plymouth marine Ben McBean has portrait unveiled

  • 28 March 2013
  • From the section Devon
Ben McBean with the portrait bench
Ben McBean was one of three figures chosen by people in Plymouth

A life-size figure of double amputee and former Royal Marine Ben McBean will be unveiled in Plymouth later.

People in the city voted for their three favourite Plymothians to be part of a "portrait bench" celebrating the city's history and culture.

Mr McBean lost an arm and a leg after he stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device in Afghanistan in 2007.

The 25-year-old was chosen along with Charles Darwin and Scott of the Antarctic.

The bench is part of a national project by Sustrans - a cycling charity encouraging people to travel by foot, bike or public transport - funded by The Big Lottery Fund and Plymouth City Council.

It has been installed as part of a makeover of the walking and cycling facilities in the North Cross area of the city.

Councillor Philippa Davey, the council's cycling commissioner, said the portrait bench would pay tribute to Mr McBean's "tremendous bravery" along with all the city's servicemen and women.

Since his injuries, Mr McBean has run two marathons, reached the base camp of Everest using prosthetic limbs and completed the Three Peaks Challenge.

Prince Harry, who travelled back from Afghanistan on the same flight as Mr McBean, said he was humbled by his bravery and described him as "the real hero".

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