'Greatest Paralympics ever'

International Paralympics Committee President Sir Philip Craven said the UK hosted, "quite simply amazing Paralympic Games" and called them, "the greatest Paralympic Games ever".

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Paralympics finale watched by 7.7 million

Paralympics Closing Ceremony
The Closing Ceremony featured a long set by Coldplay before the fireworks finale. Credit: EMPICS Sport

A TV audience of 7.7 million watched last night's Paralympics party bring the curtain down on London 2012.

The average audience for Channel 4's coverage of the Closing Ceremony - from 7pm to 11.10pm - was 5.9 million.

The peak figure was down from the 11.2 million who watched the Opening Ceremony.

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Press marvel at Paralympic Closing Ceremony

The Paralympic Closing Ceremony
Britain's summer of sport came to a colourful climax last night. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

After decidedly mixed reviews for the Olympic Closing Ceremony, last night's fireworks-filled finale of the Paralympics has earned wide praise from the British press.

The Sun said the ceremony was filled with "the qualities we have marvelled at in the past 11 days. Passion. Determination. Courage."

The Daily Telegraph said the "rousing" party ended "in a riot of teared-filled jubilation."

The Daily Mail judged it "a wonderfully vibrant, uplifting tribute" to the Paralympians, adding: "Artistic director Kim Gavin’s show was unashamedly melodramatic theatre at its British best."

The prime role of two ParalympicsGB stars was praised by the Guardian, which said: "Ellie Simmonds and Jonnie Peacock were as much of a draw as musical guests Jay-Z and Rihanna."

The Daily Mirror summed the ceremony up in "One word: Wow."

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