Paralympics Closing Ceremony lights up London sky (PHOTOS)

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Flame throwers light up the arena during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England.

Credit:

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

The Paralympics Closing Ceremony lit up the London sky on Sunday night, as Coldplay, Rihanna and Jay-Z performed to mark the end of the Games.

"What a golden summer it has been for our country," said Prime Minister David Cameron, according to the Associated Press. "I think it has given us a tremendous lift, I think it has brought the country together."

Britain finished third in the Paralympic standings, with 120 medals.

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    Flame throwers light up the arena during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England.

    Credit:

    Dean Mouhtaropoulos

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    Smoke and flames fill the arena during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England.

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    Peter Macdiarmid

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    Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and President of the IPC Sir Philip Craven MBE observe the National Anthem during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England.

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    Peter Macdiarmid

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    Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and President of the IPC Sir Philip Craven MBE arrive in the arena during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England.

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    Peter Macdiarmid

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    Circus artists perform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England.

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    Dennis Grombkowski

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    Guy Berryman, Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland of Coldplay perform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England.

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    Peter Macdiarmid

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    Performers on skates enter the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England.

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    Peter Macdiarmid

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    Pyrotechnics burn during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England.

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    Hannah Johnston

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    Rihanna performs with Will Champion, Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland and Guy Berryman of Coldplay during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England.

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    Dean Mouhtaropoulos

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    Singer Rihanna performs during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England.

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    Peter Macdiarmid

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    The Paralympic flag is carried during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England.

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    Dennis Grombkowski

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    Swimmer Eleanor Simmonds and athlete Jonnie Peacock light torches from the flame of the Paralympic cauldron as it is extinguished during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England.

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    Peter Macdiarmid

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    Paralympians enjoy the atmosphere during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England.

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    Peter Macdiarmid

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    Jay-Z and Rihanna perform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England.

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    Peter Macdiarmid

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    Artists representing Rio 2016 perform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England.

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    Michael Steele

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    Paralympians enjoy the atmosphere during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England.

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    Peter Macdiarmid

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    A performer is transported across the arena during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England.

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    Michael Steele

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    A stilted artiste performs during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England.

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    Peter Macdiarmid

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    A general view of the show during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England.

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    Dennis Grombkowski

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    Fireworks light up the stadium as dancers perform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England.

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    Peter Macdiarmid

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    Fireworks light up the stadium during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England.

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    Julian Finney