The highlight of Day 28 of the Olympic Torch Relay was the TV adventurer Bear Grylls zip wiring with the Olympic flame from the top of the Tyne Bridge, almost 200ft above the water, across the river, to the Quayside below.
Thousands watched the spectacular despite the poor weather in the North East.
Earlier organisers had urged the public to dress in warm, waterproof gear because of the chilly, wet and windy conditions.
The spectators lined the river to watch the finale of the flame's journey through Newcastle which also featured football legend Jack Charlton.
The crowd erupted in cheers as Grylls, the ex-SAS action man, completed the 400m slide from the top of the bridge's 195ft arch with fireworks. For more on this story visit the ITV Tyne Tees website.