After 16 days of tense and exciting competition that will live long in the memory, the curtain falls on the 30th Olympiad in spectacular fashion with the traditional closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in the East End of London.
BBC One will broadcast live and uninterrupted coverage of the London’s closing ceremony as the city bids farewell to the Games, featuring an event that will pay homage to Britain’s illustrious musical heritage.
Beginning at 9.00pm, and featuring more than 4,000 performers, including 3,500 volunteers, the show is entitled ‘A Symphony of British Music’, and celebrates one of the nation’s greatest cultural exports over the past 50 years.
Produced by artistic designer Kim Gavin, with music direction by 007 composer David Arnold, the performance is rumoured to feature appearances by chart stars past and present, and although specific details are being kept strictly under wraps, names being mentioned include Adele, Take That, the Who, One Direction and the Spice Girls.
Showcasing “British creativity in the arts”, the event will take people on a musical journey from Elgar to Waterloo Sunset in 30 tracks.
The concert is followed by the appearance of the majority of the athletes who have competed at London 2012.
All of them can now relax and savour every moment as their achievements are recognised and celebrated by 80,000 people inside the Olympic Stadium and the millions watching worldwide.
The athletes will say their farewells en masse, unlike the opening ceremony where they are divided by country, as way of bringing the competitors together as ‘one nation’.
Four-time Olympic sailing champion Ben Ainslie has been chosen to carry the Union Flag for Team GB into the Olympic Stadium, having been selected by the British Olympic Association’s team leaders.
The first of Ainslie’s five medals – the most of any Olympic sailor – was a silver in the Laser class at Atlanta 1996, claimed when he was just 19.
He then won golds at Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, all in the Finn discipline, before adding a fourth in Weymouth to overhaul Dane Paul Elvstrom’s record of four golds in consecutive Games.
Following the arrival of the athletes, Mayor of London Boris Johnson then takes the stage for the official handover to Rio de Janeiro, hosts of the 2016 Olympic Games, who will conduct their own short segment giving the world a flavour of what is to come in four years time.
Finally, the chairman of the International Olympic Committee declares the Games closed and the flame is extinguished, bringing an end to a outstanding fortnight for British sport and for the city of London.
BBC One’s coverage will anchored by Gary Lineker and Sue Barker, with the countdown to the ceremony beginning at 7.30pm.
In the 90-minutes before the closing ceremony gets underway, the build-up will feature a review of the 16-days of high-quality competition at venues around the country, focusing on the achievements of the British squad, narrated by Eddie Butler.
Helen Glover and Heather Stanning were the first members of Team GB to win gold, in the women’s rowing pair, and the likes of Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Chris Hoy also featured strongly in the athletics and cycling respectively, as British enjoyed an enormously successful Games across a number of sports.
The closing ceremony itselfs starts at 9pm and is expected to run for at least two-and-a-half hours.
Ensure you don’t miss any of the action from the London 2012 Closing Ceremony. Full details below:
7.30pm-9pm - OLYMPICS: CLOSING CEREMONY COUNTDOWN Presenters: Sue Barker & Gary Lineker
The eyes of the UK and the world are focused on the Olympic Stadium as millions prepare to say goodbye to the Games.
While final preparations are made for the start of the Closing Ceremony, Eddie Butler looks back at some of the great moments that have captured the imagination over the last two weeks, the stories that have dominated the headlines, and the achievements of the sportsmen and sportswomen who have earned a place in the annals of Olympic history.9.00pm-11.30pm - OLYMPICS 2012: CLOSING CEREMONY Commentators: Huw Edwards, Hazel Irvine & Trevor Nelson Official Start: 9.00pm
Live and uninterrupted coverage of the closing ceremony, as the curtain formally comes down on the 30th Olympiad.
The Olympic flame is extinguished and the Olympic flag handed over to the Mayor of Rio as the athletes of the world say goodbye to London 2012 and look forward to 2016.. .
Aside from BBC One’s live coverage of the event there are several other ways in which you can enjoy the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Full details below:8.00pm-8.50pm - OLYMPICS 2012: 3D Review A review of the London 2012 Olympic Games through the eyes of the 3D cameras. (3D-TV required) 8.50pm-11.30pm - OLYMPICS 2012: CLOSING CEREMONY Commentator: Paul Dickenson Live coverage of the Opening Ceremony in 3D. (3D-TV required) . 8.50pm-12.25am - OLYMPICS 2012: CLOSING CEREMONY No Commentary Live coverage of the Closing Ceremony without commentary. . 9.00pm-12.00am – LIVE OLYMPICS: CLOSING CEREMONY Commentators: Simon Reed & David Goldstrom British Eurosport’s coverage of the closing ceremony to the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Also on Eurosport HD) . 9.00pm-11.45pm - OLYMPICS LIVE: CLOSING CEREMONY Commentators: Simon Reed & David Goldstrom British Eurosport’s 3D coverage from the Olympic Stadium. (3D-TV required) . . . .