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Rihanna, Jay-Z & Coldplay bring the London 2012 Paralympic Games to an end with a Spectacular Closing Ceremony | Watch their Thrilling Performances

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After a glorious summer, the London 2012 Paralympic Games came to an end last night with a spectacular closing ceremony. The show at the Olympic Stadium in East London which was tagged the “Festival of the Flame” featured more than 1,000 volunteers.

The ceremony began with a war hero who lost both legs in a blast on the battlefields of Helmand climbing a flagpole and proudly flying the Union Flag. Captain Luke Sinnott’s emotional end to the London Games was described as a “a supreme feat of strength and courage”. Then the National Anthem was sung by blind singer Lissa Hermans, who is also autistic.

During a moving speech by Rory Mackenzie, who lost his leg on a patrol due to a roadside bomb, flags from the competing nations formed a heart shape on the field of play before the shape was burnt into the ground.

The event was brightened up by flame throwers, blazing torches and a gigantic heart of fire which lit up the Olympic Stadium.

British band, Coldplay performed a selection of their hits to the delight of the audience. The band was also joined by special guest Rihanna, who arrived in the stadium on a gothic pirate ship, and rapper Jay-Z.

The ceremony included some stunning effects, costumes and performers, including a cast of artists living with disabilities who have spent weeks learning circus skills for the show.

As the display of the four seasons ended, the Paralympic Flag handover took place as it was passed from the Mayor of London Boris Johnson to Sir Philip and finally to Mayor of Rio Eduardo Paes.

Goodbye London!

Here are some pictures from the closing ceremony: 

Captain Luke Sinnott climbs to hang the Union Flag

Jay-Z, Rihanna and Coldplay perform “Run This Town” and “Paradise”

Coldplay & Rihanna Performing

Coldplay performing “Paradise

Photo Credit: Getty Images | NY Daily News | Daily Mail

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

19 Comments

  1. ejogene

    September 10, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Beautiful!!!!

  2. bbb

    September 10, 2012 at 9:37 am

    awww love rihanna’s hair cute…. nice …

  3. Oyinlola

    September 10, 2012 at 9:38 am

    WOW…Beautiful !!!

  4. Bukki

    September 10, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Beautiful. I wish there was a disabled star to bring this legendary show to an end. The para Olympics has proven to be as formidable.Dont know of any disabled actors or singers ,they might need to look into this.

    • Sarah

      September 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      Stevie Wonder

  5. Priscy

    September 10, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Love Riri…i thought there would b a video of their performance

  6. tama

    September 10, 2012 at 10:07 am

    bella pls we need a video of the performance …

  7. csrchic

    September 10, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Amazing!

  8. Linus

    September 10, 2012 at 10:52 am

    videos plz

  9. Blue

    September 10, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Am a die hard fan of riri ….love her so much..#no homo

  10. Lol

    September 10, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Hope beyonce won’t be angry or …

  11. Tayo

    September 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    me love riri hairstyle

  12. cathy

    September 10, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Awwww wow!!!

  13. brandigest

    September 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Coldplay is my best rock band… I felt goose pimple on my skin as I watch them perform that day.
    http://brandigest.wordpress.com/

  14. Lulu

    September 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    At least Rihanna looks normal these days, she’s cooling down!!! Craziness no dey pay!!

  15. konnie

    September 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. I don’t believe the showed it over here (US). If they did, I am kicking myself right now.

  16. chioma

    September 10, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Love rihanna hair.it takes a very beautiful girl to pull it off. Mine has to be weave so not cutting my hair that short.

  17. Cool cat

    September 10, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I seem to have a problem with Chris bowing down to rihanna. First I thought it was to help her off the ramp but he does it 2ce after that. Whatever makes them happy, gwyneth, abeg hold your man well sha, na so mama pikin Angelina take catch brad o, like play like play

  18. eloquent

    October 29, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    illuminatii inspiredperformances ………………………..

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