London Olympic Games: The Closing Ceremony

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13 August 2012 Last updated at 00:34

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As it happened

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    Thanks for being with us this evening and indeed throughout the London Olympic Games.

    We've had a phenomenal 16 days - are we allowed to say "once in a lifetime" just one final time? We just did.

    Of course, the Paralympic Games are just round the corner. Live television coverage will come from Channel 4 with live audio coverage from BBC Radio 5 Live so tune in for all the action.

    The BBC Sport website will be covering the Paralympic Games too and our BBC 2012 website will be pulling together all our news, sport and other content into one place for you.

    That's it from the London 2012 Olympic Games - thank you and goodnight.

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    Claire Heald, BBC 2012 at the Olympic Stadium

    Some athletes are leaving. It's been a tiring couple of weeks. But some have taken to the stage in the centre of the stadium. They are not going anywhere for a while, listening to the fade in and out of some of the UK's most standout tracks from the past 50 years.

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    Finally, fireworks galore and - it had to happen seeing as the London 2012 motto is Inspire a Generation - The Who blast out "My Generation".

    Red, white and blue ticker tape flutters down from the roof as a huge kaboom of fireworks explode.

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    Phillip Schofield might be getting emotional now. He tweets: "Not sure I've ever been more proud of this, brilliant, diverse, quirky and wonderful country. What an achievement."

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    "We have recorded a piece of music that is a fabulous ending for the Olympics and just shows the great music that has come out of this country," singer Roger Daltrey told Billboard before the ceremony. They play See Me, Feel Me from Tommy, and Listening to You.

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    Claire Heald, BBC 2012 at the Olympic Stadium

    There was a proper groan from the audience, in the land that brought the world Panto, when the flame went out.

    And applause, perhaps at how these Games have gone, as the final flames flickered out.

    On to The Who then. This ceremony, like elite sport, certainly has been down one minute and up the next.

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    The Who take the stage with Baba O'Riley. They also launched the opening ceremony with this song which was featured in the one-minute countdown.

    The band were formed by Pete Townshend and John Enwistle in Shepherd's Bush - home of the 1908 Olympics.

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    BBC 2012KEY MOMENT- Flame is extinguished

    The 204 petals of the Olympic cauldron descend to ground level and the Olympic flame is extinguished. It's a poignant moment.

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    Claire Heald, BBC 2012 at the Olympic Stadium

    It was a nice touch by IOC President Jacques Rogge to invoke the national anthem, calling these Games happy and glorious.

    And It was hard to tell whether Seb Coe's voice was cracking with emotion or because he is exhausted by these Games.

    But his praise for the volunteers brought a speech stopping outpouring of thanks.

    And heralded Take That to distract us from the flame being extinguished so soon.

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    Darcey Bussell CBE, prima ballerina flies down on a flaming phoenix to join 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.

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    Take That appear on stage to sing their hit Rule the World. It was thought they would not appear after Gary Barlow's and his wife lost their daughter who was stillborn on 4 August.

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    The cauldron which has been burning brightly for 16 days descends and becomes its 204 constituent parts once more. It was designed by Briton Thomas Hetherwick and lit by seven young aspiring athletes at the opening ceremony. The 204 individual "petals" represent each and every one of the teams who took part in the Games.

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    Rogge: "In accordance with tradition I declare the Games of the 30th Olympiad closed. I call on the youth of the world to assemble four years from now in Rio de Janeiro to celebrate the Games of the 31st Olympiad. Thank you London."

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    Rogge, whose last Games this is, praises the city and the spectators, saying: "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.

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    IOC President Jacques Rogge says: "We are indebted to so many tonight. The organising committee did a superb job, thank you Lord Coe and your team.

    "We will never forget the smiles and kindness and support of the volunteers, the much needed heroes of these Games."

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    Coe continues: "Thank you to the people of this country. At our closing ceremony we can say theses are a Games by everyone."

    He thanks the athletes and ends: "When our time came, Britain we did it right."

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    London 2012 chair Sebastian Coe addresses the crowd. "We lit the flame and we lit up the world. Once again we have shown ourselves worthy. For that I want to say thank you."

    He thanks the people who built the stadium, the security team, the IOC and the tens of thousands of volunteers - and he pauses as a huge cheer rings out across the stadium.

    Coe continues: "Volunteers who gave their time, boundless enthusiasm and goodwill and who have the right to say tonight: 'I made London 2012.'"

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    BBC 2012KEY MOMENT- Pele appears on stage

    The greatest footballer ever Pele arrives on stage in the Olympic Stadium as the Brazil section of the closing ceremony draws to a close.

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    Claire Heald, BBC 2012 at the Olympic Stadium

    London's first taste of the next host's Games. How does it feel in someone else's hands? Cameras are flashing all around the stadium and there was a real hush of anticipation, to see what comes next.

    Answer: SAMBA!

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    Actor-singer Seu Jorge is wearing a Malandro-style suit. Malandros were dandy characters of 1940s Lapa, a neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro.

    Model Alessandra Ambrosio takes part. She is one of the world's top models and an ambassador of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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    Time for a bit of pop now. Here is a rendition of song Maracatu Atomico, by rapper BNegao who has performed all over the world including Japan, USA and Mexico. Maracutu is an Afro-Brazilian style of dance.

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    Here comes singer Marisa Monte who references the goddess of sea Yemanja.

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    This is an eight minute segment celebrating Rio's mix of cultures, music and dance.

    This is street cleaner Renato Sorriso, who is practising Samba steps. A security guard tries to remove him as a carnival parade invades.

    Sorriso found fame in 1997 when instead of sweeping the floor of the Sambodrome, he started to dance.

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    The Brazilian and Greek flags are raised in the stadium. Rio will be the first South American city to host the Olympic Games.

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    It's the official flag handover ceremony now. Mayor of London Boris Johnson passes the Olympic flag to Jacques Rogge - president of the International Olympic Committee.

    Rogge presents the flag to Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro and the Brazilian National Anthem is played. The anthem was recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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    The Olympic flag is lowered by representatives from the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force.

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    Next it's the Olympic Anthem sung by the London Welsh Male Voice Choir and the London Welsh Rugby Club Choir, conducted by Michael Wyn Jones.

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    That's it for a British Symphony of Music - next up is the Road to Rio. The stage is set in the south of the stadium. It takes the form of an arrow pointing to Rio, the host city for the 2016 Games.

    To honour the origins of the Games, the Greek flag is raised and the Greek national anthem is played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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    Rio Ferdinand is clearly enjoying this performance. He tweets: "Brian May is a beast on the guitar!"

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    May and Taylor are joined on stage by singer Jessie J for the ultimate stadium anthem We Will Rock You.

    BBC 2012's Claire Heald says "Whole crowd are doing the We Will Rock You clap. They were trained for it pre-ceremony, and delivered the performance of their lives on the night. Everyone up, everyone clapping."

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    Some more of your comments on tonight's show by email - and there are certainly some mixed views out there:

    Brendan McGrath says: "This is a great example of British musical talent. How they managed to get George Michael to play I will never know. A massive well done to all involved."

    And Frances Woodward in Birmingham comments: "The London 2012 Olympic closing ceremony is brilliant!"

    However George in Purley comments: "So far the closing ceremony looks like a big tasteless and vulgar clubbing scene. This is not a celebration of the Olympic spirit and achievements of the athletes. This is certainly not how to inspire a generation - with glamour models and Rolls Royce cars, pathetic and very un-British, if I may say so."

    And Bryan Tonks in Manchester says: "What a disappointment. Great opening ceremony. Great Olympics. Great coverage. Appalling closing ceremony. And the sound mixing is awful. It was great in the opening ceremony."

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    Now Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor perform their 1974 hit Brighton Rock.

    Mercury was born in the British protectorate of Zanibar and moved to Feltham when he was 17. He met May and Taylor, and they formed Queen.

    He was due to perform his hit Barcelona with opera singer Montserrat Caballe at the Opening Ceremony of the Barcelona 1992 Games, but died eight months earlier, aged just 45.

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    While Freddie Mercury died in 1991, creative director Kim Gavin has found a way to honour him.

    This video is of the Queen frontman performing live in 1986 at Wembley Stadium.

    He sings his famous "call and response" with the audience "deyo, deyo". And this audience respond too.

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    We've had the pop and the classics, it's ROCK's moment now, complete with fire blasting out as Muse perfom.

    Claire Heald in the Olympic Stadium says: "The Muse track has pumped out of speakers at Olympic venues for the past two weeks, dramatic against scenes of sporting triumph.

    "But does it pass the flame leaping stadium gig test?

    "Sounds good, but it's had to follow a man being blasted out of a cannon. And that went down really well."

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    Piers Morgan has a novel idea. He tweets: "Maybe this should be the new British national anthem? Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life."

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    Here comes British band Muse. They penned the official song of the London 2012 Games - Survival.

    They also carried the Olympic flame in their hometown of Teignmouth, Devon.

    Singer Matt Bellamy says Survival's lyrics, "life is a race, and I am going to win", were inspired by "trying to get in the zone of what athletes think before they're about to run or do their thing - that determination to win and be the best".

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    If you recognised the style of the rocket and the other contraptions - yep you're right, it was Monty Pythonesque. Here's Eric Idle performing a new version of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.

    He is joined by opera singer Susan Bullock, Hackney Colliery Band, London Welsh Rugby Club, Reading Scottish Pipe Band and Blackheath Morris Men. Oh and some skating nuns.

    Chachi Valencia, aka The Rocket Man, is fired across the stadium. He has been fired from cannons for the past 23 years and is propelled 165ft in the air.

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    A rocket and various other Heath-Robinson contraptions are brought onto the stage.

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    Claire Heald, BBC 2012 in the Olympic Stadium

    For a while yet, the British public can forget their Olympics are coming to an end, the light of the closing ceremony can take the edge off any sadness.

    Artistic director Kim Gavin billed this as an unashamed after-show party. And it has been a pure and fairly straightforward celebration of the last 50 years of pop, with Elgar and Russell Brand thrown in.

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    The sound of Electric Light Orchestra's Mr Blue Sky is pumping out in the stadium. The Birmingham prog rock band have sold over 50 million records. Founding member Roy Wood left the band early on but also appeared in glam rock band Wizzard.

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    Claire Heald, BBC 2012 in the Olympic Stadium

    It's the singalong moment. You can hear everyone over Liam. Admirable job though.

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    Follow that Mr Gallagher! Beady Eye, fronted by Oasis's Liam, perform one of the defining songs of the 1990s, Wonderwall.

    While Brit-pop band Blur get ready for their closing ceremony gig in Hyde Park here come their "biggest rivals".

    Britpop is a sub-genre of music, made famous by Blur and Oasis throughout the 90s. They were notorious "enemies" but that feud was laid to rest in recent years.

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    Mayor Boris Johnson is dad dancing like he's at a wedding reception - well musical director David Arnold did say that's what this is!

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    The girls, otherwise known as Emma Bunton, Mel C, Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell and Mel B. They are performing a medley starting with Wannabe and zig-a-zig-ahing into Spice up your Life.

    The girls haven't played together since their reunion tour closed in Toronto on 26 February, 2008. The band scored nine number one hits and their debut album, Spice, sold 28 million copies worldwide.

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    This is moment people of "Spice World" have been waiting for. Out of five taxi cabs come Baby, Sporty, Posh, Ginger and Scary Spice. It's time for Wannabe.

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    Some more global reaction gathered by our BBC World colleagues via Twitter:

    Kwame Dabanka Onyina:"I've been dozing off just waiting for the sambas from Brazil, if not from that I would have switched off."

    But Aparecido Silva in Brazil tweets "If we're to judge by the closing ceremony, British GDP is made of rock bands. What a bundle of hits!"

    Ricardo Henriques adds: "I have many worries about the Rio Olympics, but opening and closing ceremonies aren't a part of them - partying is our thing".

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    Jessie, Tinie and Taio come to together to perform The Bee Gee's, You Should be Dancing - a song featured in the film Saturday Night Fever.

    BBC 2012's Claire Heald in the stadium says: "It has taken Fat Boy Slim, Jessie J and Tinie Tempah to get this stadium rocking. The atmosphere has been a little flat until now. Something coming to an end maybe? But people are up and dancing now."

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    Taio Cruz is YouTube's most viewed UK musician with 40 million views. He performs Dynamite. He has collaborated with David Guetta, Jennifer Lopez and Usher amongst others.

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    Tinie's debut album was released in 2010 but since then he has picked up two BRIT awards, three MOBOs and an Ivor Novello Award. He perfoms Written in the Stars.

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    Out of the three limousines come three London-born artists - Jessie J, Tinie Tempah and Taio Cruz. Jessie has sold over 2.5m copies of her debut album and was recently a coach on BBC1's The Voice. She performs her hit Price Tag.

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    A giant inflatable octopus is rocking out in the centre of the stage with Norman Cook at the helm in a campervan. Does an octopus have a helm? This one does!

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    Next up is DJ Fatboy Slim aka Norman Cook. Before finding solo fame was in band The Housemartins. He's performing his 1998 tracks Right Here, Right Now and The Rockafeller Skank.

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    Long jump gold medallist Greg Rutherford tweets: "Russell Brand! I want him to be my mate!"

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    He's on a psychedelic tour bus, a nod to the movement in British history notably popular with bands Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones and The Stone Roses.

    Brand is singing The Beatle's I am the Walrus from 1967, accompanied by Bond - an Australian/British band which have sold four million records worldwide.

    The enormous octopus is 50 metres in diameter and there are 700 metres of LED lights in it.

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    This next bit is all about celebrating British eccentricity. Here's comedian Russell Brand singing Pure Imagination from Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

    It's a nod to British children's author Roald Dahl who in 2008 was named 16th in a Times poll of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945.

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    Original Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is on the drums and they are performing with bassists Mike Rutherford from Genesis and Richard Jones from indie band The Feeling.

    Look at that - recreating the celebrated album cover for Pink Floyd's Wish you were Here, one of the tightrope walkers "bursts into flames".

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    Earlier Sheeran tweeted: "Wish me luck!"

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    More thoughts coming in by email.

    Mike, Abergavenny, Wales: "Well done everyone - from organisers, to volunteers, to athletes and all visitors. Thanks to everyone."

    Jay Dee, Dublin, Ireland: "What a great Games. Well done Britain for hosting the best, most human and fun Games in a long, long time. Great closing ceremony, but newspapers and the Spice Girls? Haven't they heard of Shakespeare and Led Zeppelin?"

    Natania Goldrich, Cambridge: "I have watched all of the closing ceremony and say what I said about the opening ceremony: Please could we have more of our talented classically trained musicians and singers that also makes this island so great?"

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    As tightrope walkers dressed as businessmen appear, singer Ed Sheeran performs Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here.

    Sheeran was signed by Sir Elton John's management company while still a teenager.

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    Ian Youngs, BBC News Entertainment reporter

    If you're wondering why David Bowie didn't appear in person, he hasn't performed live since 2006 - he had heart surgery in 2004 and clearly wasn't willing or able to come out of retirement and virtual reclusion for the Olympics.

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    The main colour around the stadium now is crimson red - with the centre, Annie Lennox and the dancers all bathed in the colour.

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    Here comes Annie Lennox OBE on a dark skeletal ship. She performs her 1993 hit Little Bird.

    She has sold over 80 million records and has been honoured for her music and humanitarian work. She has racked up eight BRIT awards, four Gammy awards, an Oscar and a Golden Globe.

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    Claire Heald, BBC 2012 at the Olympic Stadium

    Where's Bradley Wiggins when you need him? It was the stadium's Mod moment. For a mosh pit, I would say it's pretty quiet down there amongst the athletes.

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    Lily Donaldson wears Vivienne Westwood, Stella Tennant wears Christoper Kane, Karen Elson wears Burberry and Lily Cole wears Erdem.

    Jourdan Dunn and David Gandy wear Stephen Jones (headwear), Jonathan Saunders and Paul Smith

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    Kate Moss also wears Alexander McQueen.

    Kate is one of Britain's most famous fashion exports. She hails from Croydon and ironically in October 2010, appeared on the cover of Bryan Ferry's Olympia.

    She recently attended Naomi Campbell's charity dinner in celebration of the Olympics.

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    Naomi Campbell wears Alexander McQueen.

    She is from Streatham, London. She was spotted when she was 15-years-old and has spent nearly 30 years at the forefront of the fashion industry.

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    These billboards are of iconic British models including Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Lily Donaldson, Stella Tennant, Karen Elson, Lily Cole, Georgia May Jaggar, Jourdan Dunn, David Gandy.

    The models wear Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Christopher Kane, Burberry, Erdem, Victoria Beckham, Jonathan Saunders, Stephen Jones (headwear) and Paul Smith.

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    Here's homage to David Bowie with a montage of Space Oddity, Changes, Ziggy Stardust, The Jean Genie, Rebel Rebel, Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, Let's Dance and finally Fashion.

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    The Kaiser Chiefs appear on stage performing The Who's hit Pinball Wizard from 1969.

    50 Mods on scooters enter the stadium - including lead singer Ricky Wilson. Mods - short for Modernists - were part of a subculture which originated in London in the late 1950s.

    Pinball Wizard is from the 1969 rock opera album Tommy. It was sung in the film version by Elton John.

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    The BBC Urdu service has been watching Twitter for viewers' reactions. Here's what some had to say.

    Awab Alvi ‏@DrAwab: "#London2012 - if you can't pull off a coordinated synchronized closing ceremony - just go totally off the rocker - UTTER CHAOS redefined"

    Rezaul Hasan Laskar ‏@Rezhasan: "#London2012 closing ceremony - terrible audio. #Epicfail when it's all about the music."

    Gharidah Farooqi ‏@GFarooqi: "What if no PK olympian lasted long, good to see Pakistani flag in #ClosingCeremony :)"

    Venkat Ananth ‏@venkatananth: "But well done, Great Britain! Best Olympics I've seen - and I've seen five of them (followed four closely). Really well done! Keep it up."

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    "Remember now you are at the centre of the universe," George tells the crowd before performing White Light - his latest record which is a personal ode to endurance and survival.

    To date he's sold over 110 million albums worldwide.

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    Claire Heald, BBC 2012, at the Olympic Stadium

    George gets the biggest cheer of the night so far.

    The pixel lights on the seats are making the whole stadium atmosphere buzz. Spelling out Freedom in massive letters all around.

    There's a low dancing rate among the athletes though.

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    The stadium is bathed in a blue light on the ground and multi-coloured blocks in the crowd before the word "Freedom" is spelled out electronically.

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    Freedom - this is George Michael's hit from 1990. George Michael makes his first appearance since his life-threatening bout of pneumonia last year.

    In the 1980s George was one half of Wham! In the 1980s they were the only British act to secure three number one singles in both the UK and US.

    In this segment 70,799 small panels are mounted between audience members' seats to create the audience pixel screen. Each panel has nine LED pixels - nearly 640,000 in total.

    317km of cable connects the panels to the central control.

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    That was superb - we get an overhead shot of the face of John Lennon which then is broken up at the end of the song.

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    This is original footage from the famous Imagine photo shoot from 22 July 1971. It's been exclusively remastered by Yoko Ono and the roll of film has never been seen before in its entirety.

    The audio has also been remastered at Abbey Road studios by Yoko and music director David Arnold.

    101 fragments of a broken sculpture form the face of John Lennon.

    A choir of 100 people from Liverpool, where Lennon was born, sing Imagine. The choir includes members of the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir and Liverpool Signing choir and they are all wearing t-shirts bearing the title of the song.

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    GB rower Kath Grainger was among the presentation group thanking the volunteers with the stadium announcer saying: "On behalf of all the athletes we thank all the volunteers for London 2012 for their unique contribution to the Games."

    The BBC's Claire Heald in the stadium says: "Emotional moment for the volunteers who have made this whole show tick. The applause for them around the stadium is rapturous and warm."

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    Here comes a Symphony of British Music, which is expected to last about an hour.

    Freddie Mercury echoes around the Stadium singing Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.

    It was released in 1975 and has no chorus. It instead consists of three main parts - a ballad, guitar solo and hard rock segment.

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    BBC 2012KEY MOMENT- Volunteers honoured

    The 70,000 Games Maker volunteers are publicly thanked in the stadium for all their hard work.

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    Ian Youngs, BBC News Entertainment reporter

    So all the rumours about Kate Bush making her first live appearance for 10 years appear to have been unfounded - how disappointing. Lots of people had been dying to see what would have been a momentous musical appearance after hearing her song Running Up That Hill.

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    The men's marathon was won by Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich, who became his country's first Olympic gold medallist for 40 years. Kenyan duo Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang took the silver and bronze.

    IOC President Jacques Rogge presents the medals, and the flowers are presented by Lamine Diack.

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    BBC 2012KEY MOMENT- Men's marathon medal ceremony

    As is traditional at a closing ceremony, the final medals of the 2012 Olympics are about to be given out.

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    We see performers from the cast of 186 for this stage of proceedings heaving 303 white boxes towards the centre of the stage. This is not a random number but represents the number of Olympic events.

    The boxes are put into a pyramid, on which highlights of these Games are being shown. The pyramid will then become a stage for three key moments.

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    The next 20-minute segment of the show is called Here Comes The Sun. It includes the men's marathon medal ceremony and a special moment for the Games Makers volunteers as well as recognition for the newly-elected members of the International Olympic Committee's Athletes' Commission.

    To the sound of Kate Bush's 'Running Up That Hill' we hear the sound of a group of 16 dhol drummers. The dhol is a double-headed drum, which is widely used in throughout the Indian subcontinent. In India it dates back to the 15th century. It was first heard in Britain in the early 1960s.

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    Ian Youngs, BBC News Entertainment reporter

    From One Direction to Ray Davies - it seems like a more mainstream playlist than the opening ceremony, but then the opening ceremony's music was chosen by dance duo Underworld whereas the artistic director this time is the man who stages Take That's live shows. So far this ceremony has said "Britain will not only beat you at cycling and rowing, but thrashes the rest of the world at popular music too". (Mind you, we still can't get a look-in at Eurovision.)

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    Great scenes in the stadium - every single one of the 10,490 athletes seems to be smiling and in party spirit. The cauldron continues to burn brightly but not for too much longer.

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    Some more global reaction gathered by our colleagues at BBC Africa via Twitter.

    Nii Ayertey Aryeh: "Very boring for an untraveled African boy"

    Nyuma Chiumia: "Watching live from Johannesburg, SA. It's an incredible ceremony befitting wonderful sporting events, well done London 2012."

    Yasmine Fofana: Simply beautiful especially seeing all the athletes right now

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    It seems that we are getting a quick reprise of all the evening's music so far - after the Madness track we turn once again to the Pet Shop Boys' West End Girls. In the meantime the flags are being put into position for the formal parts of the ceremony, which start in a few moments.

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    Medals are out, athletes are sitting on each other's shoulders and the mood is celebratory. A member of the French team does a back flip!

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    Claire Heald, BBC 2012 in the Olympic Stadium

    If you thought Elbow's One Day Like This was made as a ceremony-closer, it wasn't. It was clearly meant to be the soundtrack to a flood of athletes sweeping into an Olympic Stadium, high on their medal wins.

    Ceremony director Kim Gavin has said he wants an athletes' "mosh pit" for the gig ahead. As in the opening, the athletes are filling the floor of the stadium. Their body language is so much more relaxed than that of two weeks ago.

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    Still the athletes come in - this could take some time. From overhead we see six of the eight flag "wedges" on the stage filled in with a mass of bodies. The soundtrack changes back to Madness's Our House.

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    Glitter is raining down on the stadium now as Elbow's One Day Like This rings out. The flagbearers include Canadian footballer Christine Sinclair, who captained the women's football team to a bronze medal. Playing in her second Olympics, she scored six goals in her country's five games, a Games record, including a hat-trick in the semi-final defeat by the USA.

    With the honour for India is flyweight boxer Mary Kom who won a bronze medal after losing out on a place in the final to Britain's Nicola Adams.

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    Ian Youngs, BBC News Entertainment reporter

    Fabulous to see Elbow getting a global platform - truly one of Britain's best bands, and if anyone knows how to strum the heartstrings and provide a rousing soundtrack, they do.

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    Among the flagbearers are American 400m runner Bryshon Nellum, who was chosen in a vote of team members. He was part of the silver medal winning 4x400m relay team and just missed a place in the 400m final but that is only half the story.

    Four years ago he was shot three times in the legs and was told he would never run again at the top level. But he defied medical predictions to earn an Olympic medal on Friday night.

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    Every Olympic nation is represented in the transformed Damien Hirst's Union Jack stage graphic which has more than 200 flags of every colour and design over the roadways. And the athletes are all taking photos of each other as they mingle in the middle of the stadium.

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    Leading in the athletes are the volunteers who carried the placards at the opening ceremony just over a fortnight ago.

    The "open arms" of the union flag on the floor welcome all the athletes into the stadium as Guy Garvey of Elbow sings "everyone's here".

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    Team GB's flagbearer Ben Ainslie is the most successful Olympic sailor of all time. His gold medal in the Finn Class in Weymouth was his fourth successive Games gold after beginning his Olympic career with a silver in Atlanta in 1996.

    Carrying the flag completes a neat circle for the 35-year-old, who was the first person to carry the Olympic flame in this year's torch relay.

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    The athletes are coming into the stadium through the crowd.

    They enter together rather than country by country - to signify world unity. This is a tradition started at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne after a suggestion by a Chinese apprentice carpenter living in Australia called John Ian Wing.

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    Now we hear Elbow, backed by the LSO and Urban Voices Collective, playing 'Open Arms' which will be followed by their hit 'One Day Like This'.

  100. 2132: 

    There is one flagbearer for each of the 204 countries, who took part in the Olympics - with sailor Ben Ainslie given the honour for Team GB. They will enter in single file and will then be followed by many of the Games' competitors.

    The music you can hear is a new composition by David Arnold, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and called fittingly 'Parade of Athletes'.

    The Union Flag graphic on the stage changes once again into a montage of each country's flag.

  101. 2132: 
    BBC 2012KEY MOMENT- Flags enter the stadium

    The parade of the athletes is preceded by the entrance of the National Olympic Committee flags.

  102. 2127: 

    After the riot of colour, the tone calms back down with Emeli Sande reprising Read All About It, seated next to a grand piano.

  103. 2125: 
    Claire Heald, BBC 2012 at the Olympic Stadium

    The show directors said they wanted this to flow seamlessly from one musical act to the next, and the slots are short and snappy.

    All the performance at this moment is facing towards the Olympic family and the the media seated on one side of the stadium. You have to wonder what everyone on the other side of the London Eye can see.

  104.  

    There seems to be a problem for Team GB double bronze medallist Rebecca Adlington. She can't get into the ceremony.

    She tweets: "Ahhhh can't believe we're missing One direction as were not allowed in!!!!!! Grrrr."

  105. 2123: 

    "Sha la la," sings Ray encouraging the crowd to join in. Ten thousand lights transform this London into what looks a luminous funfair and a shimmering river of 270 children from all the six Olympic host boroughs form the Thames.

  106.  

    The BBC's James Pearce tweets: "I want to bottle tonight and open it again when clocks go back in October.

    "I've never been surrounded by more happy people than I am right now."

    He also says: "This is definitely no normal night... Just found myself dancing to One Direction."

  107. 2122: 

    A black cab pulls up and who gets out but Kinks frontman Ray Davies to perform his acclaimed song.

    Waterloo Sunset tells the tale of a pair of lovers Terry and Julie who meet at Waterloo station every Friday night and "are in paradise" gazing at the sunset while the busy city and the "dirty old river" rush by.

  108. 2121: 

    The day draws to a close - in a segment named after The Kinks' song Waterloo Sunset. But it starts with alarm clocks and The Beatles: A Day in the Life - all together now: "Woke up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across my head..."

    Bounding on to the scene are 30 gymnasts from the acrobatic troupe Spellbound who rose to fame in 2010 through the Britain's Got Talent TV show.

  109. 2120: 

    Ian Youngs, BBC News Entertainment reporter

    Blur's Parklife performed by the Household Guards - the band themselves are playing a celebratory concert at Hyde Park tonight so presumably couldn't make it to the ceremony itself.

  110. 2119: 

    Stomp are back ending this Street Party segment of the ceremony in fine percussive style before we move on to Waterloo Sunset, the part which represents the end of the day.

  111. 2116: 
    Claire Heald, BBC 2012 in the Olympic Stadium

    So West End Girls is one of the 30 tracks that made it down from Kim Gavin's longlist of 1,000. How appropriate now it's all about the East End boys and girls.

  112. 2115: 

    And from those veterans of the music scene to one of the newest acts - here's fresh-faced pop sensation One Direction with What Makes You Beautiful.

    The band has soared to stardom in the past two years on both sides of the Atlantic, becoming the first UK group to go straight in at number one in the US album chart with last year's Up All Night.

  113.  

    Olympic champion Jonathan Edwards ‏puts it simply. He tweets: "This is Madness!"

  114. 2114: 

    Now it's another evocative song about London: the Pet Shop Boys performing their 1984 track West End Girls. It was written in response to TS Eliot's 1922 poem The Waste Land, literary fact fans.

    The 130m wide union jack artwork on the floor is by Damien Hirst and has an almost as long name: "Beautiful Union Jack Celebratory Patriotic Olympic Explosion in an Electric Storm Painting".

    It's one of his spin paintings and is the largest reproduction of a Hirst work ever produced.

  115.  

    Victoria Beckham tweets: "So excited."

    But what could she possibly be excited about?

  116. 2112: 

    And in the 1982 video for Our House, Madness's saxophonist Lee Thompson flies into the air as he performs his solo: and he does again tonight.

    From one London song to another - this time it's Blur's Parklife anthem, played by some 160 Guards of the Household Division Ceremonial State Band. Hackney Colliery Band accompanies both of these songs.

  117.  

    GB Paralympic cerebral palsy sprinter Sam Ruddock tweets: ‏"I love all of TeamGB. Start crying now, yes! But believe me, tears will flow like never before when the Paralympics start."

  118. 2111: 

    Suddenly on a big screen here's Michael Caine in that classic 1969 film The Italian Job. He utters that most famous quote: "I only told you to blow the bloody doors off!" and it's accompanied by an on stage explosion.

    The bright yellow three-wheeled Robin Reliant owned by the mishap-prone Trotter family in BBC TV's Only Fools and Horses explodes onto the scene.

    Our House by Madness kicks in, just as it did at the Jubilee finale concert. Organisers say it's a song picked to evoke the tolerance and inclusiveness of cosmopolitan London. The band themselves are famously from Camden in north London.

  119. 2109: 

    Now the London Symphony Orchestra and the Urban Voices Collective lead the crowd in the national anthem - which is also the name of this segment: God Save the Queen. The union flag was carried into the stadium and is raised by representatives of the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.

  120. 2108: 

    As silence descends a fanfare from the Household Division Ceremonial State Band announces the arrival of Prince Harry and the President of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge.

    Prince Harry is representing the Queen tonight. He's praised the athletes who competed, saying: "They have shown us that there are few boundaries to human endeavour." He also paid tribute to the thousands of people who prepared the teams for competition and those who brought the London Games to fruition. The efforts of the volunteers - Games Makers - had been "supreme".

    This is Rogge's last closing ceremony as IOC president as the former Olympic sailor is stepping down after 11 years at the helm.

  121. 2107: 

    It's got very, very noisy here with a cacophony of horns, drilling and shouts. We need an authoritative figure to shut everyone up - ah Churchill, he'll do!

  122. 2105: 

    The floor cloth is a like an English Literature student's reading list - those newspaper headlines are really lines from Beowulf, Chaucer, Shakespeare, the romantic poets, Austen, Dickens and today's Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

    There are 321 volunteers in this first segment and 108 vehicles from skateboards to mopeds to wedding cars.

  123. 2104: 

    "Because" merges into Edward Elgar's 1888 composition Salut D'Amour, played by Julian Lloyd Webber on cello. He's perched on top of the Royal Albert Hall - as it were.

    This is an echo of the opening ceremony now as the figure of Winston Churchill - played by Timothy Spall - appears and proclaims Caliban's words from Shakespeare' The Tempest: Be not afear'd the isle is full of noises.

    Kenneth Branagh, as Isambard Kingdom Brunel, spoke the same line in the opening ceremony, with its "Isles of Wonder" theme.

  124. 2103: 

    Here now is the percussion group Stomp, with the largest cast they've ever assembled. And the first few lines of The Beatles' Because sound out, performed by the London gospel choir's Urban Voices Collective.

    Many of the capital's landmarks are here: St Paul's Cathedral, St Stephen's Clock Tower and Big Ben, The Gherkin and Battersea Power Station.

  125. 2102: 

    This first section is called Rush Hour and it has a newsprint theme to it - with everything wrapped in the morning's papers. Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé is unwrapped on a newspaper rubbish truck to sing Read All About it which was a number one hit last year for Professor Green, with Emeli as a featured artist.

    As you may recall, Emeli performed at the opening ceremony, with a spine-tingling rendition of Abide With Me, in tribute to the victims of the terror attacks in London on 7 July 2005. Her single Heaven was also used during one of the dance segments.

  126. 2101: 

    It's showtime! A cheer goes up as the bongs of Big Ben ring out, counted in unison by the crowd of 80,000 here in the stadium.

  127. 2059: 
    Claire Heald, BBC 2012 at the Olympic Stadium

    Seconds to go now until Big Ben chimes the stadium down to the start of the ceremony. If you can hear booing, it's aimed at the people who won't join in with the Mexican wave.

    Purple lights are pointing up at the top of the stadium, the London skyline is glowing blue in the middle. And the cauldron, which will go out tonight, is shown on the big screens.

  128. 2058: 

    It's almost time for curtain up. Ceremony director Kim Gavin says he wanted to "host a celebration of all that's good about London, British people, our music and our culture. And capture the spirit that's inspired so much global creativity over the past 50 years."

    "For the 10,490 athletes, who trained exhaustively to get here, the Games are over and it's time to celebrate. We've called on some of the UK's most successful musicians and a cast of 3,500 volunteers to help us do just that.

    "This is London calling... calling you to a party for the world."

  129. 2054: 

    Mo Farah admitted his daughter Rihanna is likely to be envious of his place in the Olympic Stadium for tonight's closing ceremony.

    When asked who he thought was going to be performing, the double gold medallist told the BBC: "I think it's the Spice Girls, my daughter's going to be jealous!"

  130. 2053: 

    Team GB will be in the stadium tonight but earlier the many, many medal winners assembled for a party and photo call on the roof of Team GB House in Stratford. Take a look here.

  131. 2052: 

    Claire Heald, BBC 2012, at the Olympic Stadium

    London Symphony Orchestra are playing, they've set up on the stage in front of what was yesterday a scoreboard, today a big screen for the ceremony. Pictures of scrunched newspaper are running on it.

    It's a melancholy piece, which feels apt ahead of the very last three hours of the city's Olympics.

  132. 2045: 

    Your comments are flooding in to us by email:

    Heather from London says:"I can't believe it's all about to end. We have loved every minute of it and have tears in our eyes as the end is in sight. The athletes, volunteers, police and army have been amazing. Can't we host the Games every time?"

    We are sorry to hear of an Olympic-related injury suffered by Michelle Greenwood from Oldham, who tells us: "The Olympics have been a credit to our country. My highlight was celebrating Mo Farah's 5,000m victory. However, I jumped around my lounge so hard that I bashed my leg, and have snapped my Achilles tendon. At 50, maybe I need to learn to calm down. I am now in plaster for 12 weeks."

    Joyce Paterson from Fife comments: "A self-confessed cynic in the lead-up to the Games, I have been completely overwhelmed by the success, style, grandeur and emotion of the last few weeks and moved to tears by the commitment and dedication of everyone involved. Truly inspiring."

    And Cathy Stubbs of Ashbourne says: "I am a 57-year-old woman who hates sport. My friends and family thought it was hilarious when I won four £450 tickets in a competition. I took my husband and two sons-in-law to the stadium. We were seated right by the finishing line and even I was completely bowled over by the whole thing. The whole experience was uplifting and made me very proud to be British."

  133.  

    Claire Heald, BBC 2012 at the Olympic Stadium

    The crowd has just been told it's about to go live, in 20 minutes time to 300 million people around the world.

    The actors are taking to the stage and hiding in the London Skyline set. Like the opening ceremony, they are all volunteers, with only expenses paid to the big acts.

  134. 2037: 

    Outside the stadium, members of Team GB are heading through the Olympic Park, all dressed in matching outfits of red trousers, lion tops and navy blazers. Among them is flag-bearer Ben Ainslie.

  135. 2036: 

    Claire Heald, BBC 2012 at the Olympic Stadium

    It's quite clear who will go down well with the crowd as the levels of enthusiasm wax and wane with the artist. But mostly the crowd is up for a night of celebrating British music.

    We're onto rehearsing the claps for different tracks now and the sing-alongs. Each side of the stadium has to compete to see who's better at the clapping. Like it's the Olympics...

  136. 2024: 

    You can watch the build-up to the closing ceremony and the event itself live online on BBC One HD here (UK users only).

  137. 2022: 
    Claire Heald, BBC 2012 at the Olympic Stadium

    A fair few brass bands have marched across the park during the Olympics and now one has taken the stage at the end of the stadium, opposite the cauldron. They're branching out from traditional big band fare - Adele's Rollin' in the Deep is currently playing out.

  138. 2020: 

    We just got an aerial view of the stadium, revealing a giant, somewhat abstract, union jack splashed across the floor. More on that in about an hour's time.

  139. 2015: 
    Claire Heald, BBC 2012 in the Olympic Stadium

    The audience here is practising its part in the celebrations. People are counting down to 9pm along with the Big Ben bongs and singing some of the songs to come.

    Artistic director Kim Gavin has said he wants this to be the ultimate after-show party and obviously you have to prep your crowd for that.

  140. 2013: 

    Good news for those of you who missed or want to rewatch the Eddie Butler film - it is going to be rebroadcast as an hour-long special at 2235 BST on BBC One on Monday night.

  141. 2010: 

    Denise Lewis is reviewing her standout moments of the London 2012 Olympics and there's no doubt in her mind what comes top. "There are certain perfomances that are etched in your mind forever, and Mo in the 10,000m and 5,000m - they will live on for generations," she says.

  142.  

    And for those of you who are watching BBC One at the moment, do you have a tear in your eye? We've had tweets from many who do including Gemma R who says: "Crying my eyes out at the @BBC2012 footage of the Olympic highlights!"

    And Chris Davies tweets: "Watching the @bbc2012 montage. Getting choked up now. These last two weeks have been exactly as I hoped. Truly truly amazing"

  143. 2004: 
    Claire Heald, BBC 2012 in the Olympic Stadium

    Big Ben's chimes have just rung out across the stadium. We are off. This is the pre-show for the crowds here, while everyone at home watches the Olympic mother of all montages on BBC One.

  144.  

    We've been asking for your Olympic memories and thoughts as the Games finish. Alix tweets: "The friendliest Olympics ever. Purple suited volunteers' smiles beaming length/breadth of country."

    Get in touch with us @BBC2012

  145. 1957: 

    Here are just a few of the numbers of the 2012 Olympic Games:

    3 - Great Britain's position in the medals table; 4 - the number of records broken by Team GB; 6 - the number of gold medals won by Sir Chris Hoy, making him the most successful British Olympian ever; 22 - the number of medals won by Michael Phelps, including 18 gold, making him the most decorated Olympian ever; 45,000 - the rough number of meals per day for athletes; 80,000 - the number of spectators who watched the women's football final at Wembley, a record breaking crowd for a women's fixture; 2,400,000 - the number of people who visited the Olympic Park in Stratford; 7,400,000 - the number of people visiting venues across the UK.

  146. 1953: 

    Some thoughts from around the world.

    Mohamed Konneh at BBC Africa: "London 2012 for me will be remembered for delivering the highest female participation. I will always remember the Saudi woman that came last but got the biggest cheer."

    BBC Brasil's Facebook page has been busy. Jean Carvalho: "It was beautiful, a thing of wonder what we saw at the opening ceremony shows a country with tradition, which is something else!"

    Giacomo Mancini: "The English have done a very neat job. They hosted the Olympics and prepared themselves so as to get medals. And what about us? What are we going to do?"

    Samuel Carlos: "The English are to be congratulated, the London Olympics rock!"

  147. 1951:  
    Tom Fordyce, BBC Sport chief sports writer

    In nine wonderful days of athletics at these London Olympics, we were amazed by Usain, stunned by Rudisha and elated by Jess, Greg and Mo.

    With four gold medals, Great Britain's athletes produced a haul that had not been matched in 32 years, and not in 48 years at a non-boycott Games.

    There is one little issue. Charles van Commenee, head coach at UK Athletics, had set a medal target of eight. He had also promised to resign if he failed to deliver on his promise. So will he now walk away, even as the nation is still celebrating Farah's second gold, and how hard should the sport try to keep him?

    Read Tom's full analysis.

  148. 1949: 
    Claire Heald, BBC 2012 in the Olympic Stadium

    Every time you think the stage must be set, another massive section is rolled out by the roadies. Up the ramps and into the centre of the stadium floor. It's like the last five minutes of a home makeover programme.

    About two-thirds of the crowd is here. Obviously few people really want the Olympics to end, but let's hope we're not about to take that to extremes.

  149. 1947: 

    It's been one of Team GB's most successful Games with an astonishing 65 medals, 29 of them gold. Watch a compilation of those winning moments here.

  150. 1937: 

    So for the first time on BBC One this evening we can see the Olympic Stadium, which has been transformed in a matter of hours from a crucible of sporting excellence - yes Mo Farah, we do mean you - to what looks like some London landmarks, we can certainly see a version of the London Eye there.

  151. 1935: 

    Earlier ceremony director Kim Gavin said he wanted to create a ceremony that people could sing along to, so expect some big old anthems coming your way this evening.

    Meanwhile musical director David Arnold said: "If the opening ceremony was the wedding, then we're the wedding reception."

    Does that mean Come On Eileen and kids skidding across the floor on their knees? We'll soon find out.

  152. 1928: 
    Ian Youngs, BBC News Entertainment reporter

    And some people we won't be seeing tonight (probably): Mick Jagger who said last month The Rolling Stones "haven't played in a long time and we weren't really stage-ready"; Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page who performed with Leona Lewis in the handover section of the Beijing Games in 2008 but said he was "hurt" not to be asked this time; Coldplay are headlining the Paralympic closing ceremony instead; and The Smiths singer Morrissey recently launched a withering attack on the "blustering jingoism" of the Olympics and declared that "the spirit of 1939 Germany now pervades throughout media-brand Britain". He'll be watching A Touch Of Frost on ITV instead.

  153. 1926: 
    Ian Youngs, BBC News Entertainment reporter

    Rumours, rumours. We know it's going to be a musical spectacular this evening, when events start at 9pm, so who are the artists to look out for? George Michael has confirmed he will be performing live for the first time since nearly dying of pneumonia last year. Gary Barlow was scheduled to perform with his group Take That but suffered the loss of his daughter, who was delivered stillborn just a week ago.

    Kate Bush has been rumoured but hasn't performed live for 10 years, and not on TV for 25. Pink Floyd put out a statement saying they wouldn't be performing, but one of them may turn up with Ed Sheeran. The Clash have been on some leaked lists - singer Joe Strummer died in 2002 and the other three haven't played together since the early 1980s. And could Queen make an appearance with We Will Rock You?

  154. 1919: 

    Kim Gavin is the man in charge of the two ceremonies that will bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games to a close. He is a master at choreographing events on a grand scale.

    The former ballet dancer is widely recognised as one of the UK's leading creative directors and choreographers. He has produced some of the biggest live events in recent years, including Concert For Diana in 2007 and Take That's latest stadium tours.

    Read his full profile here.

  155. 1913: 
    Claire Heald, BBC 2012 in the Olympic Stadium

    No #savethesurprise at the closing ceremony. As the crowd comes in to the Olympic Stadium, rehearsals are still under way. They should be finished by now, before people take their seats.

    Artistic director Kim Gavin, the cast and crew have had under a day to prepare in the venue as the athletics competition finished here less than 24 hours ago.

    Performers are still walking across the stadium floor, bits of set and giant props are being moved about. It's nearly showtime and they are working hard to be ready on time - before the world tunes in.

  156. 1910: 

    Earlier, President of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge said London has held a "fabulous" Olympics, enabling athletes to "make history". Rogge, who is stepping down after 11 years, thanked London 2012 organisers Locog for their efforts saying "I am a very happy and grateful man".

    He added that "nothing fundamental" had gone wrong at the Games, but said the IOC would review ticket allocations ahead of Rio in 2016.

  157. 1905: 

    Your live text writers this evening are Christine Jeavans, Ian Westbrook, Jenny Minard and Mark Coyle.

    What are your thoughts as the Olympic Games draw to a close? Get in touch with us on Twitter at @BBC2012, text 61124 or email here.

  158. 1903: 

    In the last few minutes, the Queen has congratulated the athletes of Great Britain and the Commonwealth, saying their efforts had "captured the public's imagination and earned their admiration".

    She said: "The outstanding performance of Team GB, in achieving the greatest Olympic success since 1908, will, I am sure, have inspired a new generation of Olympians and reminded us all how sport unifies communities and nations," also congratulating the volunteers "who have epitomised the Olympic spirit".

  159. 1902: 

    Tonight's finale will feature about 4,000 performers and artists including George Michael and the Spice Girls.

    Brazil, the host nation in 2016, will make a presentation celebrating their multicultural roots.

    Fittingly the last medal of the London 2012 Games went to a Brazilian, Yane Marques, in the Modern Pentathlon with GB's Samantha Murray taking silver.

  160. 1901: 

    Was it only 16 days ago that we witnessed the spectacular opening ceremony? Yes it was.

    And at 9pm we see the closing chapter, directed by Kim Gavin. It's billed as a big gig, an extravaganza of British music and creativity, and there are world class performers to look forward to tonight.

    But there are key official moments to be marked too - the parade of the world's athletes, the medal ceremony of the men's marathon and the handover to Rio, host city of the next summer Games.

    Then that bright cauldron will be extinguished and the London Olympics will be over, although the sporting action continues in just a couple of weeks' time with start of the Paralympics.

  161. 1900: 

    Here we go then, the last few hours of the London 2012 Olympic Games are upon us. It's been an amazing two weeks of sport for the city, the UK and for the watching world.

    We've seen a total of 302 events and 858 medals won, an incredible 65 of them by Team GB who came third in the table behind the USA and China.

    The mood in London has been one of jubilation, pride and fun. Even the weather perked up.

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  8. Canoe - Sprint 12 Events First Event: 6th August
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  16. Football 2 Events First Event: 25th July
  17. Gymnastics - Artistic 16 Events First Event: 28th July
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  19. Gymnastics - Trampoline 2 Events First Event: 3rd August
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  28. Synchronised Swimming 2 Events First Event: 5th August
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  30. Taekwondo 8 Events First Event: 8th August
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  32. Triathlon 2 Events First Event: 4th August
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