Neath singer Katherine Jenkins shines at Olympics parade
Neath singer Katherine Jenkins joined in the celebrations yesterday as Britain’s summer of sport come to an emotional climax.
The mezza-soprano sang the national anthem after hundreds of Olympic and Paralympic athletes paraded through the capital to finally bring the curtain down on London 2012.
The crowds were also treated to performances by The Pet Shop Boys, Amy Macdonald and the Noisettes.
Katherine, 34, who wore a gold sequinned gown, said she was excited and humbled to be part of the proceedings.
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"Excited/humbled to be here with so many phenomenal people in the Mall today...Let's show them our love! #Parade #Proud."
She said she was "starstruck" to meet Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis, tweeting pictures with the Olympic heroes.
The singer uploaded snaps from her day to her Twitter account, concluding with a family shot at the Ritz.
She tweeted: "So how do you end a day as fabulous as this one? Tea at The Ritz with the family of course!"
Katherine later posed for a photo with Paralympic dressage rider Lee Pearson, tweeting: "Yes I am wearing his medals and yes, I am sitting on his knee!Both because he insisted! U're the best @MrLeePearsonCBE"
London mayor Boris Johnson said the Games had come to a “tear-sodden juddering climax”.
He added: “You have routed the doubters and scattered the gloomsters.
“You have not only inspired a generation you have probably helped created one too, fuelled by nothing more sinister than beetroot juice, inexplicably favoured by David Weir.
“It has brought home to this country that when we put our minds to it we can do anything.”