London is set to say a final goodbye to the 2012 Games in spectacular style this evening at the Paralympics closing ceremony at the Olympic stadium.
The stadium is readying itself for the closing ceremony of the Paralympics, which is set to be one big party for the athletes, ticket holders and viewers at home.
London 2012 has been one of the most successful Games ever for Team GB, while for the Paralympians it has surpassed all expectations and set the standard for future Games.
ParalympicsGB have won a phenomenal 120 medals (34 gold, 43 silver and 43 bronze) and will be treated to a spectacular show in the Olympic Stadium tonight.
Organisers have labelled the show a ‘Festival of Flames’, with the event expected to culminate in the night’s sky lighting up over the Olympic Park for one last time.
There will be music from Coldplay, who have been paid £1 for their services and will play an ‘unusual set-list’ designed to represent the seasons of the year, with Rihanna and Jay-Z, while not confirmed, are also rumoured to be making an appearance.
The director of tonight’s show is Kim Gavin, who was also behind the Olympic closing ceremony and said tonight will celebrate the Olympic flame finally burning out.
‘We pay tribute to the human spirit for this wonderful sport and human achievement of the last two weeks,’ he said.
‘We have put together a unique group of people who storm the stadium, and bring this festival to life – the whole night is the celebration of the flame finally going out.’
It is expected to be less organised than the previous ceremonies and will see thousands of travellers storm the stage.
Members of the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy who helped with security during London 2012 have been invited to attend the event and Union flag will be unveiled at the start by armed forces supporting the charity Help For Heroes.