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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League Two club have won just four games out of 18 since appointing the manager.
With the ageing population set to increase, ITV Tyne Tees has been investigating the extent, and effects, of loneliness in the region.
The Lions of Zululand, a traditional dance act from South Africa, are touring schools in the North East.