Rihanna, Jay-Z and Coldplay play Paralympics Closing Ceremony

The grand finale, called the Festival of the Flame, drew more than 80,000 spectators to the Olympic Stadium to cap a summer of sports in the British capital.

It kicked off with a poignant tribute to the armed forces charity Help for Heroes, before proud flag-bearers from the 164 competing nations marched onto the field.

Coldplay rocked out to a selection of hits and Rihanna flew into the packed arena on a swing to sing We Found Love, as hundreds of volunteers and disabled dancers performed.

Speaking before the event, the rockers told reporters, "Being asked to play at the Paralympic Closing Ceremony in our hometown is a huge honor. We can't actually imagine a bigger honor," while Rihanna agreed, "Being at the Paralympics is the biggest honor. These athletes are gladiators and are a true inspiration to me."

Jay-Z later joined both acts for Run This Town.

The ceremony ended with a dazzling fireworks display as the cauldron was extinguished, handing over to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil for 2016.

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