London 2012 closes with a party

Last night saw the end of the London 2012 Games as thousands enjoyed a celebration of British music inside the Olympic Stadium.

A capacity crowd were treated to three hours of music from acts such as George Michael, Take That, the Spice Girls and the Who as well as a spectacular firework display dedicated to the athletes who have taken part in the Games.

There was an audible groan from the audience as the Olympic cauldron was put out as people did not want the 16 days of competition to come to an end.

Seb Coe praised the people of Great Britain for their support and enthusiasm in his speech.

He said: "Our opening ceremony proclaimed that these would be a Games for everyone. At our closing ceremony, we can say that these were a Games by everyone. London 2012 has played host to some incredible sport. To awe inspiring feats, that are the result of incredible dedication and skill by the world's great sports men and women.

"To all the Olympians who came to London to compete – thank you. Those of us who came to watch witnessed moments of heroism and heartbreak that will live long in the memory. You have our admiration and our congratulations."

The night also saw the Olympic flag handed to mayor of the 2016 Olympic Games host, Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes.

However, visitors planning stays in central London hotels should not be downhearted as it is less than two weeks to the start of the Paralympic Games.

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