Around 3,000 athletes, officials and spectators enjoyed a memorable 90 minutes, as the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games were officially opened, at the newly revamped Bowl stadium in Douglas last night (Thursday).
The colourful ceremony featured aspects of the Isle of Man's history and culture, including the sea god Manannan and the Vikings.
The four-day celebration of sport was officially launched by Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, who was welcomed into the stadium as the clock struck quarter past seven.
James Davis described a memorable evening on Mandate (listen to extended audio file):
The Games Station by Manx Radio will be reporting live on the action in the seven sports from 9am today (Friday).
The coverage is available on AM 1368, via the internet at manxradio.com, and on two special FM frequencies, 100.6 for the listeners at the National Sports Centre, and 87.9 for people tuned in anywhere in Douglas.
The Games Station will be on air until 9pm today, and from 8.30am to 9pm on Saturday and Sunday.
In addition the coverage will be on Manx Radio's normal FM frequencies from 10.30am to 6pm on Saturday.