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Adapted Vehicle Hire News Updates: Fireworks as Paralympics draw to a close

An impressive closing ceremony marked the end of the London 2012 Paralympics last night (9 September), as thousands gathered in the Olympic Park to celebrate the achievements of the world’s best disabled athletes.

Great Britain finished third in the medal table, with a total of 120 medals (including 34 golds), behind Russia in second place with fewer medals than Great Britain overall but with 36 golds. China topped the table with 231 medals, including 95 golds.

A crowd of 80,000 spectators, athletes and Games Makers was treated to an impressive closing ceremony which included fire and laser shows, music by Coldplay, Rihanna and Jay-Z, and a range of speeches from members of the royal family, sporting personalities and organisers of the Games.

Gold medal winning swimmer Ellie Simmonds and runner Jonnie Peacock helped to extinguish the flame, bringing an end not just to the Paralympics but the London Games as a whole.

Addressing the crowds in the Olympic Stadium, Paralympic Committee president Sir Philip Craven said: “The Paralympic Games have truly come home and found their pathway to the future here in London. This is an event absolutely no-one wants to end. These Games have changed us all forever.”

Meanwhile, AVH-sponsored swimmer Matt Whorwood is celebrating his bronze medal and an excellent performance throughout the Games. More information on him can be found on his page. (Members of the media interested in an interview with Matt should contact 0845 4567251).

Adapted Vehicle Hire helps disabled motorists and carers with their adapted car and mobility needs. Click here to find out more, whether you’re seeking specialist adaptations to help you continue driving, or you’re a carer requiring a wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV).