Olympic and paralympic gold medalists are among those given awards in the New Year's Honours' List.
The 2013 New Year Honours list has been announced, including many from the North East and North Yorkshire.
The gold-medal-winning Paralympian Josef Craig has returned home to his South Sheilds school to a hero's welcome
Paralympics legend Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is re-opening Middlesbrough Bus Station following a £1.5m revamp.
The council says accessibility has improved significantly for disabled users.
The bus station is one of the busiest in the region with 27,000 passengers passing through every day.
On tonight's Around The House at 11.35pm on ITV1, Paralympian and crossbench peer Tanni Grey-Thompson says the UK must rise to future challenges, after the extraordinary experience of London 2012.
On Tonight's Around The House, Paralympian and crossbench peer Tanni Grey-Thompson says government departments and other agencies need to pull together across all sectors, to copy the success of London 2012.
You can see more from Tanni Grey-Thompson on Around The House at 11.35pm, tonight on ITV1.
On tonight's political programme, Around The House, Paralympic gold medallist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson calls for more support for volunteers and coaches, to help youngsters take part in sport at all levels. Around the House, 11:35pm, ITV1.
The swimmer from South Tyneside became GB's youngest medallist at London 2012 and broke two world records in the 400m freestyle at the Paralympic Games. Now he says he cannot wait to come home to the North East.
The GB wheelchair basketball team will be looking to Redcar's Terry Bywater to help them win a bronze medal tonight. The team lost their semi-final to Canada on Thursday, but play the other losing team Team USA in the run-off for bronze at 7pm.
Hazel Robson from Sunderland ran her season's fastest time to qualify for the 100m T36 final. Robson came fourth in her heat, but ranked seventh overall, meaning she takes one of the "fastest loser" places in the final tonight.
Robson has won medals at each of the last three Paralympic Games, including gold in Sydney, but missed out on a medal in her first event, the 200m, a week ago.
Tanni Grey-Thompson immediately tweeted "well done" to her protege, Jade Jones, who finished 10th in last night's 1500m wheelchair sprint final.
16 year old Jade had bounced back to make it into the 1500m final at her first Paralympics, after missing out on a final place in the 400m and 800m.
Jade, who is from Middlesbrough, is trained by Tanni Grey-Thompson's husband, Ian.