Suffolk's Ed Sheeran has performed alongside some of the biggest names in pop music at the closing ceremony of London 2012.
A world-wide audience was treated to a spectacular celebration of British music before the flame was extinguished to officially close the curtain on one of the most memorable sporting extravaganzas of recent times.
Many of the 10,000 sportsmen and women who competed in the Games are leaving the Olympic Village and heading to London's airports to return to their home nations.
The majority joined last night's final hurrah to celebrate their achievements, parading through the 80,000-seater stadium and taking with them their own memories of a Games which has been universally acclaimed.
Ed Sheeran joined some of the biggest names in British pop past and present, including the Spice Girls, Take That, Queen and Madness.
Olympic medal winners from the East have been welcomed back to the region
Some of the region's Olympians have been immortalised in Lego.
Olympic bronze medal winning hockey player, Chloe Rogers from Great Dunmow, returns to Essex.