London 2012 Paralympic Opening & Closing Ceremonies

The opening ceremony for the London 2012 Paralympic Games called 'Enlightenment' signaled the start of 11 days of sporting competition among more than 160 countries.Featuring fireworks, dancing and singing, it had a theme of scientific discovery and was narrated by Professor Stephen Hawking.The closing ceremony, described as a "festival of flame" honouring Britain's ancient traditions and festivals, brought 11 days of sport to a close.UK band Coldplay led the show, with a live set reflecting the four seasons. As the ceremony drew to a close, Paralympians Ellie Simmonds and Jonnie Peacock helped to put out the Paralympic flame, which was shared out across the stadium symbolising "the eternal nature of the flame living among us all". Declaring the 2012 Paralympics closed, International Paralympic Committee president, Sir Philip Craven, said: "These Games have changed us all forever."

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