Middlesbrough is reflecting on two days of celebration which saw thousands turn out to cheer the Olympic Torch as it passed through the town.
The Olympic Torch arrived in Middlesbrough on Sunday (June 17).
Thousands lined the route along Heywood Street, Ayresome Street and Linthorpe Road to cheer on the local Torchbearers carrying the flame.
The Olympic Torch relay made its way to Centre Square where an estimated 15,000 enjoyed the evening celebration.
The entertainment was staged by LOCOG and the three Presenting Partners of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay - Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung - with support from Middlesbrough Council.
This included live music from the Little Comets, a contemporary dance performance inspired by the Olympics and a community carnival with participants ranging in age from seven to 25.
On Monday morning (June 18) the Torch set off from the gondola of the landmark Transporter Bridge at 6.30am.
James Coupland, aged 17, held the Torch while stood on the gondola and then carried it up Ferry Road.
It then left Middlesbrough at Wilson Street for Redcar and East Cleveland.
Earlier 300 runners had taken part in a Dawn Run 5k race at 5.45am to celebrate the Olympic Torch being at the Transporter Bridge and showing that Middlesbrough is a Healthy Town and passionate about running.
Councillor Brenda Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Public Health and Sport, said: “The Torch Relay events in Middlesbrough have exceeded all expectations and been a huge success.
“The people of Middlesbrough deserve an enormous amount of praise for lining the streets in their droves and attending in their thousands for the celebration evening.
“The evening event also illustrated what a great venue Centre Square is for staging such major events.
“The early morning at the Transporter Bridge was also a wonderful occasion and the sight of the torch coming across on the bridge was a sight that will live long in the memory.
“Events and celebrations in Middlesbrough continue throughout the summer not least the Team GB game at the Riverside Stadium on July 20.”