Shocked and stunned to hear of the sudden passing of our very good friend Paul Burns. For those that didn't know Paul, the man was an inspiration to all those who met him. Life could not throw up any difficulty or challenge that Paul would not meet with determination and courage. Paul was a survivor of the cowardly IRA attack at Warrenpoint in 1979, losing a leg and suffering horrific injuries. Despite this Paul continued to serve in the Parachute Regiment and went on to complete thousands of parachute jumps. As a BLESMA member Paul clocked up thousands of miles of sailing in some of the most treacherous seas on the planet. He skied, dived and tried his hand at anything challenging. Paul would do more in a year than many able bodied persons do in a lifetime, he was truly inspiring. Last year he had his other leg amputated as the wounds sustained in 1979 had never truly healed. Within a couple of months Paul was back parachuting and cycling and took part in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics as part of the high wire act. In this day and age we talk of sports and film stars as being legends. Paul was a true legend, a hero of our time and will be remembered with great fondness and a smile by all those whose lives he touched. RIP friend and drink a flagon for me in Valhalla.