Tanni Grey-Thompson takes to the skies
As much of the British media waited patiently (or impatiently) to discover whether Teesside resident Baroness Grey-Thompson would light the cauldron, she flew right by us. Paralympians, dressed in red and gold, were elevated into the sky complete with wheelchairs and racing equipment. They all floated dreamily towards a golden ball and one of them was Tanni herself. Despite a sudden surprise at the height, it appears she enjoyed it:
Britain's first Paralympic champion, Margaret Maughan, lit the cauldron in the end.
A birthday party for our Paralympic archer
Kate Murray, the archer from the Scottish Borders, turns 64 today - so the whole opening ceremony was a bit of a party for her. She was one of few Paralympians from our region that you could see in the parade from the cameras and she really was enjoying herself. At 14:00 she has her 'ranking round', which establishes the order of shooting. It could give us an early clue as to how comfortable she is feeling.
A bit of Teesside takes on Germany
Tonight, Terry Bywater from Redcar, joins the rest of the GB Wheelchair Basketball team in their first game against Germany. His team won Bronze four years ago in Beijing. They want gold now. Watch North East Tonight at 6pm to see just what Terry Bywater can do when he's on form.