The London Olympics came to a close Sunday with a star-studded ceremony full of music, dance and fashion - and a dash of Spice.
Fireworks galore and 'The Who' sing My Generation, and with that the closing ceremony comes to an end. "When our time came - Britain we did it right. Thank you!", said chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, Lord Sebastian Coe and indeed Britain did it right not only in the opening ceremony but also in the closing ceremony as well.
The legendary 'The Who' will now conclude the ceremony. The 204 petals of the Olympic cauldron descend to ground level and the Olympic flame is extinguished.
Darcey Bussell CBE, prima ballerina joins the performers from Rio and leads them in a procession. She became Principal Dance for the Royal Ballet at 20-year-old and held the position until she retired in 2007.Courtesy: BBC
Thousands of athletes on Sunday night took the opportunity to party like mad, to a soundtrack supplied by top British artists.
The five-strong girl-band 'The Spice Girls' reformed for the evening and were seen whizzing around the stadium on the top of black London taxis, belting out one of their hits, reports Xinhua.
The music brought out not just the breadth of British music, but also an underlying surreality, particularly with a Beatle's track 'Magical Mystery Tour' featuring dancing walruses and eggmen (from the lyrics of the song), and D J Fatboy Slim whose appearance also heralded the arrival of the world's largest transparent plastic octopus, and whose eight limbs twitched disturbingly to the music.
In a final speech, London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) Chairman Lord Sebastian Coe said: "Today sees the closing of a wonderful Game in a wonderful city. We lit the flame and we lit up the world, for the third time in its history London was granted the trust of the Olympic movement and once again we have shown ourselves worthy of that trust."
To conclude the evening IOC President Rogge praised London's spectators and the Olympic volunteers. You have shown the world the best of British hospitality. I know the generosity of spirit will continue as we marvel at the dedication of the wonderful Paralympic athletes."
He added, "You have earned the respect and admiration of a global audience. Through your commitment to fair play and your respect for opponents and grace in defeat as well as victory, you have earned the right to be called Olympians. These were happy and glorious Games."