Let the games begin
What an amazing night – we have had everyone from James Bond to Mr Bean to Paul McCartney involved – even the Queen in an unprecedented acting role. We’ve seen athletes from all 204 teams, thousands of volunteers and an amazing cauldron lighting.
Thanks for your company over the past few hours – your team of writers has been Christine Jeavans, Ian Westbrook, Michael Hirst, Jane Mower, Jenny Minard, Martin Gough, Ollie Williams and Mark Coyle.
Let the Games begin!