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The Paralympic Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium marked the end of a glorious two month’s worth of world class sport on British soil.
Last night’s show was called the Festival of the Flame, and saw the likes of Coldplay, Rihanna and Jay-Z take to the stage, among a mass of other performers. The spectacular visual display – which was noted for its bizarre Mad Max-inspired showcases – was a celebration of the acclaimed sporting occasion, noted as “the greatest Paralympics ever.”
“The Paralympic Games has set new records every day, sporting records, records for crowds, for television audiences, for unbridled spirit,” Lord Sebastian Coe said to the attendees. “In this country we will never think of sport the same way and we will never think of disability the same way. The Paralympians have lifted the cloud of limitation,” he explained.
Among the thousands of athletes who turned out for the mass celebration, British stars such as the quadruple gold medal-winning David Weird and Sarah Storey, who were given the honour of taking part in the show itself.
Ultimately, Great Britain came third overall in the medal table with 34 gold medals, 43 silver and 43 bronze – 120 overall. The medal count is an improvement on their 2008 haul, where they managed to grab 102, and reflects the massive effort that the athletes made on home solid.
In order to continue the celebrations, a parade will take place across the city. It will begin at 1.35pm from Mansion House, and will end up at Queen Victoria Memorial later in the day. Onlookers will look forward to potential high-profile appearances from the summer’s Olympic and Paralympic stars, although none have yet to confirm their attendance as yet.
As summarised by Lord Coe, the words that we can remember this summer for are: “London 2012. Made in Britain.”