16 June 2012
Last updated at 20:07
Day 29 of the Olympic torch relay started in Gateshead with torchbearer Richard Jackson abseiling down the side of The Sage music centre.
Richard abseiled against the backdrop of the Tyne Bridge where adventurer Bear Grylls carried the torch on a zip-wire on Friday evening.
Torchbearer Jon Mellish was joined by dozens of children as he carried the flame around the track at Gateshead International Stadium.
Crowds lined the road in South Shields to watch Olympic gold medal winning runner Haile Gebrselassie carry the Olympic torch.
Haile Gebrselassie handed the torch to Great North Run founder and 10,000m Olympic bronze winner Brendan Foster in South Shields at the spot where the famous half marathon ends.
Mia Rathband, the daughter of PC David Rathband, wore a blindfold when she carried the torch in Whitburn, South Tyneside, in place of her late father, who was blinded by gunman Raoul Moat.
Olympic 1,500m silver medal winner Steve Cram walked on a boom for a "walk on water" moment inside the Sunderland Aquatic Centre during his leg of the relay.
Torchbearer Iris Hutchinson carried the Olympic flame past the Angel of the North, Antony Gormley's steel structure in Low Fell.
Charlotte Proud carried the flame along Hadrian's Wall. The 20-year-old from Gateshead has osteogenesis imperfecta - brittle bones disease - but undertook her coaching and refereeing qualifications to enable her to coach football at grassroots level.
The final torchbearer of the day was One Show presenter and former gymnast Matt Baker, who carried the Olympic flame through his native Durham before lighting a cauldron at the evening celebration, which was held at The Racecourse.