THE Olympic Torch Relay finished its third day in the North East with a celebration at Durham Racecourse, after travelling through Gateshead, South Shields, Sunderland, the Tyne Valley and county Durham today.
The day started with a spectacular early-morning abseil down the side of The Sage Gateshead.
The Olympic convoy arrived in the North East on Thursday and took in Northumberland and Tyneside during the course of Friday, ending that day with a fantastic celebration on the Newcastle Quayside as Bear Grylls zipwired the Torch from Newcastle to Gateshead over the Tyne Bridge.
Wet weather throughout failed to dampen the North East crowds' spirits and every town and village gave an impressive turnout to welcome the Torch and cheer on the Torchbearers.
The Journal has been live blogging the Olympic Torch Relay throughout. Live coverage will continue tomorrow after our sister newspaper the Evening Gazette takes over reporting on the Torch's progress through Teesside. It will end tomorrow's relay in Middlesbrough with a celebration in the town centre at 7pm.
You can replay our live blog below. If you're viewing this on a mobile phone, click on this link to view a mobile version of the live blog.
We'll also be following the progress of the Olympic Torch on our sister paper's Twitter feed @EveningChron - if you're following on Twitter, tweet us with the hash tag #chrontorch.
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