Paralympics Games Closing Ceremony
Para-para-paradise….when Chris Martin wrote Coldplay’s most hypnotic song he was supposedly inspired by the everyday childhood disappointments experienced by his eight-year-old daughter, Apple – a little girl as beautiful and perfectly-formed as her name suggests.
During the past 12 days it has been adopted as the unofficial anthem to an astonishing sporting spectacle that has opened our eyes to the courage of people who know what it means to tackle and overcome genuine adversity.
Yet as the curtain came down last night on a sporting summer that Lord Coe described, with unerring certainty, as ‘the most extraordinary – ever’ there was no time for ironic reflection.
The 60,000 of us packed inside the Paralympic stadium simply swayed in unison as they joined Martin in the chorus and dozens of teardrop-like parachutes descended magically from the night sky.
To us, and for all those millions who have marvelled at the heroic feats that have illuminated in this once-dark, depressing corner of East London, Martin’s poignant lyrics will forever carry a very different meaning.