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The Curtain Falls: London 2012 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony

As the 2012 Paralympics Games come to an end, Kipp takes a look at the highlights of the closing ceremony celebrations.

September 10, 2012 4:05 by

  • President of the international Paralympic committee, Philip Craven and the Earl of Wessesx are welcomed on to the stadium.

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  • Lissa Hermans, who is blind and Autistic, sang the national anthem.

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  • Captain Luke Sinnott, a double amputee, climbed to the top of the flag pole to hoist the Union Flag.

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  • Ex-serviceman Rory Mackenzie delivered a heartfelt speech.

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  • Six athletes were nominated for the Whang Youn Dai Achievement award, and the award was given to Michael McKillop (Athletics 800m & 1500m) from Ireland and Mar Nakhumicha Zakayo (Javelin and Shot put) from Kenya.

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  • The Paralympic anthem performed by the 17-member British Paraorchestra.

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  • Coldplay, Rihanna, and Jay-Z perform together at the Paralympic closing ceremony.

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  • The Paralympic flag handover ceremony - Flag is passed on from Mayor of London to IPC president Sir Philip Craven, who then hands it to mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes.

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  • The Paralympic flag handover ceremony is followed by the national anthem of Brazil and a colorful performance by artists from Rio.

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  • Sun King burns during the closing ceremony celebrations.

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  • Paralympic flame is extinguished by Paralympics gold medallists Jonnie Peacock and Ellie Simmonds, signalling the end of the Paralympic Games.

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  • The ceremony ended with a spectacular fireworks display over the Olympic Stadium and Olympic Park, followed by fireworks along the River Thames.

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