Athletes fly home as flame goes out

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A spectacular fireworks show brought the curtain down on the greatest show on Earth // A spectacular fireworks show brought the curtain down on the greatest show on Earth
A spectacular fireworks show brought the curtain down on the greatest show on Earth
Thousands of Olympic athletes and spectators are heading home after the London 2012 Games ended with a triumphant bang.
A world-wide audience was treated to a spectacular celebration of British music during the closing ceremony last night before the flame was extinguished to officially close the curtain on one of the most memorable sporting extravaganzas of recent times.
The skies above the Olympic Stadium were then lit up by a glittering firework display as the arena's packed stands joined in with a rousing rendition of The Who's My Generation.
As International Olympic Committee boss Jacques Rogge declared the 2012 Olympics closed, he said: "These were happy and glorious Games. We will never forget the smiles, the kindness and the support of the wonderful volunteers, the much-needed heroes of these Games.
"You, the spectators and the public, provided the soundtrack for these Games. Your enthusiastic cheers energised the competitors and brought a festive spirit to every Olympic venue. You have shown the world the best of British hospitality."
London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said: "On the first day of these Games I said we were determined to do it right. I said that these Games would see the best of us. On this last day I can conclude with these words: When our time came, Britain, we did it right. Thank you."
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