Viewers took to Twitter to celebrate a fiery and colourful end to the Games, with much of the comment focusing on the prominence given to Coldplay.

As the band went through a full set of their hits, including their duet with Rihanna, Princess of China, opinion seemed to polarise between fans and those who thought it was all a bit much.

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Coldplay perform during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony

Indie fan and Labour MP Stella Creasy had to fend off criticism on Twitter after mentioning her dislike of Coldplay's music.


stellacreasy
there's flame throwers near coldplay's guitars. I repeat flamethrowers *contemplates how quickly could get to stratford to rush stage*

Controversial comedian Frankie Boyle referred to Coldplay's performance, joking:


Frankie Boyle
The deaf athletes are having the last laugh

But others voiced their delight at the set:

But Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton tweeted:


fearne cotton
The Paralympics closing ceremony with Coldplay is bloody brilliant! Rihanna too wooop!

Olympics double gold winner Mo Farah tweeted his appreciation of Chris Martin and co, especially their collaboration on Run This Town with Jay-Z and Rihanna.


Mo Farah
Oh my days! Paralympics closing ceremony is amazing..!! Jay Z Coldplay and Rihanna!!

And even Caitlin Moran, The Times columnist formerly of NME, called on her followers to stop the Coldplay hate.

https://twitter.com/caitlinmoran/status/244891955451011072

The superhuman athletes who dominated the world stage during the Games also tweeted to show their enthusiasm for the ceremony.

Gold winning cyclist Sarah Storey, who was given special permission along with fellow quadruple gold medal winner David Weir to share Closing Ceremony flagbearing duties, tweeted:


Sarah Storey
What a superb ceremony & so amazing to be flagbearer with Time for the team party :)

Sitting volleyball player and 7/7 survivor Martine Wright said:


martine wright
I count myself so lucky to have made this journey &remember all those from 07/07 who were not as lucky as me, they are in my heart always x

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  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Fireworks are let off to signal the end of the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Fireworks are let off during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Fireworks are let off during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    The fireworks go off at the end of the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    The fireworks go off at the end of the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London

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    *ALTERNATE CROP* Fireworks explode over the Olympic Stadium during the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony, London.

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    Fireworks explode over the Olympic Stadium during the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony, London.

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    Fireworks explode over the Olympic Stadium during the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony, London.

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    Rihanna and Coldplay perform during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Members of the public watch a fireworks display from London Bridge, to celebrate the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony in London.

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    Rihanna performs during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Rihanna and Coldplay perform during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Rihanna performs during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Rihanna performs during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Coldplay and Rihanna duet during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Performers during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    A scene during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Coldplay perform during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Performers during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Coldplay perform during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Chris Martin of Coldplay during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Jonny Buckland of Coldplay performs during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

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    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the Olympic Stadium for the closing ceremony of the London Paralympic Games.

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    Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the Olympic Stadium for the closing ceremony of the London Paralympic Games.

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    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    A performer during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: The Union Flag is raised during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: The Paralympic cauldron flame burns as performers carry torches during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

  • 2012 London Paralympics - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Pyrotechnics burn during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Flag bearers carry their national flags during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

  • 2012 London Paralympics - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Pyrotechnics burn during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

  • 2012 London Paralympics - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and President of the IPC Sir Philip Craven MBE arrive in the arena during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    A performer during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Coldplay perform during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (left), arrives with IPC President Sir Philip Craven during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    A scene during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Performers during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    General View of performers during the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    General View of performers during the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    General View of performers during the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Ireland's Michael McKillop (top left) is seen above the heat haze from the flame after receiving his gold medal for being named the best athlete who best exemplified the spirit of the Paralympics, during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Lance Corporal Rory Mackenzie gives a speech during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

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    Lance Corporal Rory Mackenzie gives a speech during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.