British singer Leona Lewis and guitarist Jimmy Page perform during the Closing Ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the National Stadium on August 24, 2008 in Beijing, China.
David Beckham, Leona Lewis and Boris Johnson in Beijing Olympic handover to London 2012
Footballer David Beckham is to be the star of the Olympics closing ceremony, arriving on a red double decker bus to mark Beijing's handover to London 2012.
Beckham, a key figure in the bid that won London the games, will be joined by Leona Lewis, who was born in Hackney, east London, near to where the next games will take place, and the London mayor Boris Johnson.
X Factor 2006 winner Lewis, 23, is said to be singing a duet with Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page for the event, which will be screened live to a television audience of as many as 150 million people.
Beckham, 33, will be driven into China's national stadium, the Bird's Nest, onboard an iconic Routemaster bus, before dismounting to kick footballs with children representing every country in the world.
Mr Johnson will be handed the Olympic host flag from Jacques Rogge, chairman of the International Olympic Committee.
Hip hop dancers will then join ballerinas to complete London's £2m, eight-minute contribution to the finale on Sunday, August 24.
It will be mirrored by a show in Trafalgar Square and street parties in 10 other cities, including Cardiff, Glasgow and Manchester.
"It is set to be one of the most mind-blowing spectacles ever," a source close to the organisers said.
"David was elated to be asked to take part, as was everyone who has been invited. Having a rock god like Jimmy Page and a singer like Leona Lewis performing together for the first time will certainly be something to remember."