People Of The World, Spice Up Your Life…and with those words reverberating around Olympic Stadium some 80,000 strong-people in attendance (not to mention the millions sat glued to their TV set across the globe) couldn’t help but jump up and down in celebration of what was one of the most memorable Games in some time.
Traditionally, the closing ceremony is a chance to celebrate what the athletes have achieved, with Sebastian Coe, chair of the London organizing committee, describing the night as a time to “party, party, party.”
The highly anticipated Spice Girl reunion was just one of many highlights that saw a plethora of musical stars such as Queen (with vocals from Jessie J and from beyond the grave, by the band’s late singer Freddie Mercury), Annie Lennox Pet Shop Boys, Kaiser Chiefs, One Direction, and George Michael taking to the stage throughout the stunning spectacle.
The Who ended the night with medley of their songs and, as the flame was extinguished on the London Olympics Games, the athletes marched out singing the band’s hit “Baba O’Riley”:
“Today sees the closing of a wonderful Games in a wonderful city,” Coe said. ”We lit the flame and we lit up the world. . . . We have seen in these days what tenacity can do, what ambition can do, what imagination can do. . . . When our time came, Britain, we did it right. Thank you.”
No, thank you Great Britain!
We will be bringing you more of the highlights tomorrow so you can relive your favorite moments.