This was another unmissable, once in a lifetime experience, just as inspiring, just as creative and most definitely as impressive as the way the London 2012 Olympic Games opened.
There were so many different actors, and actresses, singers, dancers, instrumentalists and British icons who appeared to wrap up the most successful Olympic Games of the modern era. Even deceased artists Freddie Mercury and John Lennon performed at this incredible event, the Spice Girls reunited one final time and Eric Idle from Monty Python gave his rendition of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. It was a truly monumental, nostalgic closing ceremony that will live fondly in the country’s memory.
26.2 million people tuned in to see this celebration, it felt like the world had come together to enjoy the final hours together before they all departed to their respective countries. Much like the opening ceremony, there was a short history of Britain with Timothy Spall in character as Winston Churchill quoting the war time prime minister and also reciting Shakespeare’s The Tempest, whilst Pink Floyd came out to perform with local talent (and personal favourite) Ed Sheeran for their rendition of Wish You Were Here.
There was the recurring theme of the media coverage with talented singer Emeli Sandé performing her song Read All About It as cars came out covered in newspaper. This ceremony will most definitely have all of the headlines today! The ‘streets’ of London were paved with news stories leading up to landmarks of our capital city, the London Eye being the centre point, partnered with the Gherkin and Big Ben, then surrounded by various famous buildings.
Michael Caine’s famous film The Italian Job and British comedy sitcom Only Fools and Horses also got a nod of appreciation during the show, whilst pop sensations Jessie J, Tinie Tempah and Taio Cruz also got involved in the Olympics action performing a track each.
And finally, the torch was extinguished and passed onto the President of Brazil, hosts of the next Games in 2016, in accordance with the ancient tradition.
Image sourced http://www.digitalspy.co.uk
So much happened in this show, it was an explosion of colour, music and people all dancing, partying and celebrating a fantastic sporting event. It is hard to describe everything that happened, so the best way to get a feel is to check out these videos;
On behalf of Anglian, we would like to say well done to all of the athletes that participated bringing medals and pride to our nation, and to the athletes we have supported throughout this amazing event, Louis Smith and Mark Hunter, both of whom achieved a silver medal in their sports. This amazing display may mark the end of the Olympics, but the Paralympics begins at the end of the month, so make sure you give as much support to these brave and talented people!
What did you think of the London 2012 Olympics? What were your highlights? Which member of Team GB are you most proud of? Share your thoughts in the comment panel below.