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London 2012 - Olympic Closing Ceremony In Photos

Believe it or not, it's been three whole years to the day since the London Olympics 2012 closed in an extravagant bang with performances from Muse, Ray Davies, The Who, Kaiser Chiefs, Pet Shop Boys, and other acts. Look back at the action with these nostalgia-inducing pics.

  • The Closing Ceremony honoured the volunteers. The President of the International Olympic Committee , Jacques Rogge stated: "We will never forget the smiles, the kindness and the support of the wonderful volunteers, the much-needed heroes of these Games."

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  • The Spice Girls sang a medley of 'Wannabe' and 'Spice Up Your Life'. It seems as if they're out of practice with pointing in the same direction though.

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  • The Spice Girls recruit a new member in the form of Liam Gallagher.

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  • Three Spice Girls, a Gallagher, a member of Muse and some Usain Bolt arms. Can you tell that this was taken in the small hours of the morning?

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  • Muse perform 'Survival', a track which is supposed to show the 'dark side of the Olympics'. Nothing dark about that suit, Matt.

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  • Liam performed 'Wonderwall' with Beady Eye, and the entire stadium sang along.

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  • Madness sang 'Our House', as their saxophonist was lifted into the air while wearing a fez and a kilt. Seriously.

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  • Annie Lennox channeled Harry Potter's Bellatrix Lestrange as she sang 'Little Bird' from on board a pirate ship.

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  • The Kaiser Chiefs covered The Who's 'Pinball Wizard', while riding around on the back of mopeds. But where's your helmet, Ricky?

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  • Ray Davies singing the Kinks' classic 'Waterloo Sunset' underneath an illuminated London skyline was one of the evening's more touching moments.

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  • One Direction performed their number one debut single 'What Makes You Beautiful'. Zayn Malik wore a jaunty hat.

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  • Taio Cruz didn't get the memo about not needing to wear sunglasses when it was dark out.

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  • Ed Sheeran covered Pink Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here', along with members of the Feeling, Genesis and Pink Floyd.

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  • Fatboy Slim DJ'd from inside a giant octopus. No, we don't know what was going on either.

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  • The Who blasted through 'Baba O'Reilly' and 'My Generation' to close the ceremony.

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  • Though David Bowie didn't perform, a montage of images of the singer played, before a tribute to the British Fashion Industry soundtracked by 'Fashion'.

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  • Russell Brand covering the Beatles' 'I Am The Walrus' was not a high point of the event.

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  • The Pet Shop Boys performed 'West End Girls' while riding on top of a rickshaw. We wouldn't walk in those hats either.

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  • Tinie Tempah sang 'Written in the Stars' from inside a convertible. So maybe it should have been renamed 'ridden in the cars', right? Anyone?

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  • Jessie J attempts to play air guitar with Brian May, but instead looks as if there's a strong breeze at the stadium.

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  • Models including Lily Cole, Chanel Iman, Kate Moss, Georgia May Jagger, Naomi Campbell all strutted to David Bowie's 'Fashion'.

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  • Brian May was glad he had worn his jacket. It was chilly in the stadium, but he felt toasty.

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  • Emeli Sande began the ceremony by performing her version of Professor Green's 'Read All About It'.

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  • Elbow performed two tracks to the crowd, including the Olympic athletes- 'One Day Like This' and 'Open Arms'.

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  • George Michael got the stadium on its feet with 'Freedom', but then brought the mood down with new single 'White Light'.

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  • A tribute to John Lennon included a signing childrens choir singing 'Imagine', but also, surreally, a representation of Lennon's face made out of white blocks.

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  • Monty Python's Eric Idle got caught up in a banghra sequence, only to resume 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' once the dancers had pulled away.

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  • The ceremony closed with a spectacular firework display. Once the musical performances had ended, London Mayor Boris Johnson passed the Olympic flag to Rio's Mayor Eduardo Paes, and the Rio 2016 team.

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