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London 2012 celebrates the end of this year's Paralympic Games in an emotional finale with Coldplay, Rihanna, and the British Paraorchestra in the 'Festival of the Flame' closing concert.
The Olympic Stadium is packed, and the world is ready to celebrate the achievements of this year's Paralympic athletes in a concert entitled 'Festival of the Flame'. The music is by David Arnold and is called 'Welcome'.
An inflatable Paralympic Agitos hangs over the summer stage. There are four stages, one for each season.
This horse-like vehicle, called the 'Human Endeavour machine' enters the stadium, closely followed by rising flames on the backs of Members of the Company of Drummers.
Captain Luke Sinnot, who lost both legs and an arm in an IED bomb blast while serving in Afghanistan in 2010, climbs a flag pole. He hopes to represent Great Britain in Rio 2016.
Lissa Hermans, a singer who is blind and autistic, performs the National Anthem.
Athlete David Weir and cyclist Sarah Storey of Great Britain join the 164 flag-bearers from each of the nations. They are the most successful GB athletes at the 2012 Games, with four gold medals each.
The flag-bearers form a heart in the centre of the stadium, which sets alight to form a symbol of peace and love. The 'Festival of Flame' continues.
'Let the festival commence', says Lance Corporal Rory Mackenzie in his speech, calling on the spirits of the four seasons.
The athletes may be resting, but the ceremony is still high-octane! So much is going on - performers take part in 'Truck Invasion' and silhouettes of clock faces are projected into the crowd.
The hours of hard work from all the Games Maker volunteers are recognised in a special moment in the ceremony.
Volunteers receive recognition for their efforts during the Paralympics and Olympics during the closing ceremony
Heavy machinery and billowing flames - and the fun's only just beginning. A song by Coldplay, 'Life in Technicolor' is ringing out in the stadium.
Chris Martin sings live with Coldplay in the first of many tracks. They sang 'Us Against The World', which was signed by the ceremony cast, and 'Yellow', dedicated to all the volunteers and performers at the Games.
We've had summer, and now it's time for winter. Crows on stilts emerge from their autumnal hiding place.
Impressive shiny makeup from the wintery crow-like figures, performing in the stadium in front of around 60,000 people, and an international TV audience.
It's not just athletes on the track who should be praised - these circus artists are showing their own unique skills to the world.
The Candoco Dance Company, a contemporary group of 12 disabled and non-disabled dancers put on a firey show at the Olympic Stadium.
Circus artists Laszlo Simet and Lyndsay Adams perform using a motorcycle during the closing ceremony.
A grasshopper makes its way into the stadium, representing spring in the seasonal spectacle. It's made from aeroplane parts.
Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.
Pop superstar Rihanna makes a spectacular entrance, live at the closing ceremony.
A mechanical Steamship circles the arena during the closing ceremony. It was made using salvaged steel from Brighton's burnt-out pier.
The British Paraorchestra, a group of 17 musicians with varying levels of disability, performing the Paralympic Anthem as the flag is lowered. Not bad for an orchestra who only formed a few months ago.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, President of the IPC, Sir Philip Craven MBE, and Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes perform the Paralympic flag handover ceremony during the closing ceremony.
It may well be the end of the London 2012 Games, but performers from Rio 2016 give us a taste of what's to come at the next Olympics and Paralympics.
More than 200 copper petals, representing each of the Olympic and Paralympic nations, will be taken home by each of the nations who took part. The flame is extinguished, but shared out to represent the flame burning within all of us.
The flame is extinguished, but is being shared out across the stadium. Swimmer Eleanor Simmonds and athlete Jonnie Peacock of Great Britain light torches from the flame of the Paralympic cauldron as it gradually goes out.
Jay-Z joins Rihanna and Coldplay's Chris Martin to sing 'Run This Town'.
It's all over. The flame may have been shared out around the stadium, but the fire is still burning in the form of a spectacular display.
Fireworks light up the sky as the ceremony comes to an end until Rio 2016.
Athletes and spectators look on from the stadium as London celebrates the achievements of such a great Games. Paralympics GB came third in the medals table, winning 34 golds, 43 silvers and 43 bronzes.
A 'Festival of Flame' is a perfect title for such a firey ceremony. "These Games have changed us all forever," said Lord Sebastian Coe, in his closing speech.
The fireworks fade and the sky above the Olympic Stadium goes dark as the ceremony marking London's successful Games is over. A legacy for us all.