ITV News at Tyne Tees and Border has once again joined forces with the Daily Mirror to find the individual you think deserves to be crowned our Local Hero 2013.
A very visual reminder of the awards passed through the region today - the Pride of Britain bus.
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A look ahead at a wintry weekend forecast.
More than £55k has been raised to help Alan Barnes, a disabled pensioner, relocate after an attempted mugging outside his house.