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Announcement marks Paralympics 100-day countdown

Southampton drummer, Will Champion, and his Coldplay backing singers Photo: Ian West/PA wire

Rock band Coldplay will be the star act at the Paralympic closing ceremony, London 2012 have announced.

More than a million unsold Paralympic tickets go back on sale from tomorrow at 11am.

The announcements have been made to mark the 100-day countdown to the start of the Games.

Paralympic closing ceremonies artistic director Kim Gavin said: "The closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games is essentially a celebration of the achievements of amazing athletic endeavour of Paralympians from around the world over the previous 11 days.

"What better way to demonstrate our respect and commitment to these athletes than by celebrating with Britain's most internationally renowned band.

"Working with Coldplay for the closing ceremony will be a great way to close the Paralympic Games and audiences will have the chance to see and hear their music in a totally unique way.

Organisers, who have been nailing down the details for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics since London won the right to host the Games in 2005.

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said: "The London 2012 Paralympic Games are going to be spectacular.

"I am delighted that Coldplay are going to be helping us celebrate not only the end of a fantastic Paralympic Games, but also the end of a seven-year journey.

"With tickets back on sale tomorrow I can guarantee that whatever ticket you decide to go for that Paralympic sport will leave a deep and lasting impression on you.

"The athletes involved in the Paralympic Games are incredible sportsmen and women and I urge everyone to take this chance to be there and to form memories that will last a lifetime."

Prices start at £10, or £5 for young people and seniors. There are Paralympic day pass tickets where spectators can see up to five sports in the Olympic Park or at ExCeL.

The biggest seller so far has been for seats to the Paralympic athletics at the Olympic Stadium and some tickets for this are still up for grabs along with a limited number for track cycling. Tickets for both opening and closing ceremonies are available as well as other sports, London 2012 said.