Rainclouds failed to dampen the spirits of thousands of people who turned out to welcome the Olympic torch to Newcastle.
An estimated 40,000 people lined the streets and the Quayside as the torch was escorted through the city centre.
It travelled down Northumberland Street, passed the Civic Centre and eventually onto Grey Street and the Tyne Bridge where TV adventurer Bear Grylls descended 200ft down a zip wire onto the Gateshead side of the Tyne.
The honour of lighting the Olympic cauldron on the Quayside went to Newcastle teenager Will Hardy, 14, as more than 5,000 enjoyed the evening celebrations.
Will, a talented swimmer and cricketer, despite losing both legs and half of his left arm to meningitis as a toddler, said: “I can't put it into words, it was the best moment of my life.”
Media students recorded some of the most memorable moments in a film about the day the Olympic flame came to Newcastle.
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