A two-year-old girl and her family have more reasons than most to look forward to 2013, after spending most of this year waiting in hospital for a heart transplant.
Summer Carss from Shilbottle in Northumberland has been enjoying her first proper festive period, after being rushed to hospital last Christmas.
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Major routes were brought to a standstill, homes were left without power and more than a hundred schools were forced to close due to snow.
Ben Stokes is due to appear in court on an affray charge on the same day he would be making his international return.
It's causing chaos on the region's roads but the snow has created some stunning landscapes across the North East.