Coe thanks British volunteers as Olympic Flame moves to Brazil

Coe thanks British volunteers as Olympic Flame moves to Brazil Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes flies the Olympic Flag during the Closing Ceremony

London 2012 chairman Seb Coe has thanked the hundreds of thousands of people who helped to make the 16 days of the Olympic Games a success during a stunning ceremonial finale.

Speaking during the Closing Ceremony of the event in the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, he said: “The British people got behind London’s bid and they got behind London’s Games.

“Our Opening Ceremony proclaimed that these would be a Games for everyone.

“At our Closing Ceremony, we can say that these were a Games by everyone.”

In addition to thanking those who built the venues and helped organise the Games, Coe played tribute to the athletes for their outstanding performances.

“To all the Olympians who came to London to compete - thank you.

“Those of us who came to watch witnessed moments of heroism and heartbreak that will live long in the memory.

“You have our admiration and our congratulations,” he added.

Coe continued: “On the first day of these Games I said we were determined to do it right. I said that these Games would see the best of us.

“On this last day I can conclude with these words: When our time came - Britain, we did it right.

“Thank you!”

The president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge, declared the Games of the 30th Olympiad closed just before midnight.

“We will never forget the smiles, the kindness and the support of the wonderful volunteers, the much-needed heroes of these Games,” he explained.

He also thanked the public for their enthusiastic support.

“You, the spectators and the public, provided the soundtrack for these Games. Your enthusiastic cheers energised its competitors and brought a festive spirit to every Olympic venue.”

The grand finale of the Games saw the Olympic Flame extinguished in a spectacular sequence.

Each participating team will receive one of the Olympic Cauldron’s petals to take home with them.

The spectacular ceremony also looked forward to the next summer Olympic Games in 2016, as the Olympic Flag was handed over to the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes.