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 mum-of-three from Newcastle has been shortlisted for the 'High Profile Working Parent of the Year' award
A look ahead at the weekend forecast for the Tyne Tees region.
After the North East voted in favour of Brexit, Paul Brand looks at what impact the result might have on the region's political landscape