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Paralympics: Coldplay Divides Opinions At Closing Ceremony

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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.

chris martin

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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