Music titans bring spectacular summer of sport to an end
The organisers behind London 2012
had already wowed
the world with three spectacular ceremonies.
And on Sunday evening, they pulled out all the stops one last time as the Paralympics closing show brought a spectacular summer of sport to an end.
Music was the driving force behind the night, with Coldplay
and Jay Z
joining forces to rock the Olympic stadium.
And much like during the Games themselves, the roll call of participants showed that drive and creativity can overcome adversity.
Swimmer Ellie Simmonds and sprinter Jonnie Peacock were charged with the task of extinguishing the flame that had shone so brightly since July.
Jonnie's blistering victory in the 100 metres for amputees and achondroplasia sufferer Ellie's gold medals turned them into enduring images of the bravery that defined the Paralympic Games.
Coldplay, Rihanna and Jay Z played to the 80,000-strong crowd that had packed into the Olympic Stadium for the Paralympics closing ceremony
Swimmer Ellie Simmonds and sprinter Jonnie Peacock were charged with the poignant task of extinguishing the flame
Prince Edward and International Paralympic Committee President Philip Craven make a quirky entrance in the arena
Organisers had already wowed the world with three spectacular ceremonies, and their last offering was a dazzling final chapter
Much like during the games themselves, the participants showed that drive, passion and creativity can overcome adversity
Dancers give their all as they perform under a water spray
The show brought an end to a spectacular summer of sport