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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Jason Maher admitted two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by and driving while disqualified.
Good Morning Britain star Ben Shephard is taking on 210-mile challenge to raise money for the Children's Heart Unit Fund in Newcastle
Thousands of Flying Scotsman fans have flocked to the National Rail Museum in Shildon to see the famous steam engine