As 2012 draws to a close, it is time for a look back on the events which have made the North East news in the last 12 months.
Richard Wilson has the first of our reviews of the year.
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Saltburn-on-the-Sea in North Yorkshire and Alnmouth in Northumberland are among 17 named as 'best places to live by the sea' in The Times.
Paralympic champion and founder of SMILE Through Sport Stephen Miller is coming to Gateshead for a sport festival.
Peterborough United have confirmed signing former Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor on a two-year contract.