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‘Being born and bred in London, it fills me with pride to have such a monumental event hosted by us. When I was in school, I used to be into Athletics and was incredible at the 100m, Long Jump and High Jump. Unfortunately, I had a foot operation that hinders my ability to continue down that path but, luckily, I’m blessed with musical talents as well! I’m so honoured to be part of the Closing Ceremony!’

Taio Cruz

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‘It is thrilling to perform before the world as part of the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Generations of British musicians are coming together to celebrate the sporting achievements of our country and the whole world, and we feel very proud to have been invited to take part.’

Pet Shop Boys

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‘To be involved in the Olympics is a huge honour for us. We’re so grateful for the opportunity and to perform to such a huge audience is both terrifying and truly exciting!’

One Direction

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‘To be involved in the Olympics is such a privilege. This is a great moment in British history and I am honoured to be taking part. Together with my fellow models, this gives British fashion the collective opportunity to take centre stage in the presence of the world’s greatest athletes, and is such an amazing way to support the Games.’

Naomi Campbell

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‘We’re delighted to be performing at the Closing Ceremony. The atmosphere in London right now, and all across the country, is amazing and to be part of that is incredible.’

Muse

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‘In these times of doom and gloom, when you’re scared to open a newspaper for fear of hearing any more doomungous news, having the world here on our doorstep celebrating the greatest city on earth has cheered the cockles of our icy, cynical hearts. Sometimes you’re proud, sometimes you’re privileged and for the first time we can say we are proud and, indeed, privileged to be involved in such a great celebration of all the good things about the human race – Wiggo!’

Madness

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‘This has got to be one of the most exciting moments of my entire life. I’m so honoured to be flying the flag alongside Team GB at the Closing Ceremony – all the athletes have been incredible, they’ve done the nation proud.’

Jessie J

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The Who

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Finale

‘My Generation’: an irreverent hymn to endless renewal and regeneration. It’s the final song of the Symphony, its ultimate manifesto.
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The five interlocking rings – designed by Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games – represent the bringing together of the world’s five inhabited continents.

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The Olympic Flag

was first flown at the Antwerp Games in 1920.

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Jacques Rogge

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Sebastian Coe

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