Spectacular musical ceremony marks end of London 2012 Olympics
The London 2012 Olympic Games closed in the way they had opened, with a spectacular ceremony on Sunday night.
The three-hour extravaganza kicked off with a countdown before the gongs of a model Big Ben officially marked the start of the closing ceremony and a model set of London was unveiled in the Olympic Stadium.
Emeli Sande, who had played a big role in the opening ceremony just over two weeks before, was the first music star to perform on a night when British singing talent took centre stage.
An exploding Morris Minor then marked the next stage of the musical spectacular, which included performances from Suggs, The Pet Shop Boys, One Direction and Ray Davies.
The music of Queen, The Beatles and David Bowie also featured heavily.
Elbow then performed one of the anthems from the Games, their hit One Day Like This, as athletes from each of the countries taking part in the Olympics paraded flags through the stadium.
George Michael, Kaiser Chiefs, Annie Lennox and Ed Sheeran were next to perform, while there was also a nod to British fashion, with models Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and David Gandy making an appearance.
Russell Brand then entertained the audience, playing homage to Willy Wonka before Fat Boy Slim took to the decks.
Next to perform were some of Britain's youngest and brightest music stars, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah and Taio Cruz.
Then came one of the most highly anticipated parts of the evening when five black taxis drove into the middle of the stadium with their numberplates saying SPICE.
Mel B, Victoria, Geri, Mel C and Emma then emerged from the taxis to perform two of their most famous songs Wannabe and Spice Up Your Life.
The Prime Minister and London Mayor Boris Johnson seemed to enjoy the performance as they were spotted dancing around as the Spice Girls continued to perform while on top of the black taxis.
Liam Gallagher then took to the stage with his new band Beady Eye to perform classic Oasis hit Wonderwall.
The audience got a chance to join in and sing along to the famous Monty Python song Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
As the ceremony came to an end the Head of the IOC Jacques Rogge and Boris Johnson took to the stage to hand over the Olympic flag to Rio de Janeiro, who will host the games in 2016.
Rio then gave us a taste of what we can expect from those Olympics, lots of music, dancing, flashing lights and a carnival atmosphere.
LOCOG Chairman Lord Seb Coe was welcomed to the stage and gave a moving speech saying: "Today sees the closing of a wonderful games in a wonderful city.
"We lit the flame and we lit up the world."
He concluded by saying: "On the last day I can say, when our time came, Britain, we did it right."
Jacques Rogge brought the night to a close, paying tribute to the way in which Britain had hosted the Olympics before officially declaring the 2012 Games as closed.
Take That performed Rule the World before a spectacular fireworks display was launched from the top of the Olympic Stadium.
Darcey Bussell then flew into the stadium, on what looked like a giant mechanical bird, and joined more than 200 ballerinas from the Royal Ballet to perform a breathtaking routine.
Finally the Olympic flame was slowly extinguished and as the last flame burnt out the stadium erupted into cheers before The Who took to the stage.
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