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London bids farewell to 2012 Olympics

  • The London 2012 Olympics ended on Sunday with a magnificent musical closing ceremony and the official handover to the next host city, Rio de Janeiro.

    The three-hour spectacle paid tribute to British fashion, culture and music and featured some of the biggest names in pop, including the Spice Girls, George Michael and Annie Lennox.

    Artistic Director Kim Gavin also brought together stars such as Jessie J, Emeli Sande, Madness, the Pet Shop Boys, One Direction, Ray Davies and Liam Gallagher to perform in front of 10,000 athletes and 80,000 spectators.

    British fashion was celebrated with appearances from models Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, both wearing outfits designed by the late Alexander McQueen.

    The official Games flag was also handed to the mayor of Rio before the flame at the Olympic Stadium was extinguished with each country to receive one of the cauldron's 204 petals.

    An eight-minute segment at the end was given to the Brazilians as the stadium was bathed in the sights and sounds of the South American nation, giving a taste of what was to be expected in the 2016 Olympic Games.