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The North East hosts its first Blogger of the Year Awards.

The first of its kind: The North East Blogger Awards Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The 'bloggersphere' was buzzing last night as the region hosted its first ever North East Blogger of the Year Awards.

The blogger awards took place at Lane 7 in Newcastle Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The night saw the region's best bloggers come together across 11 different categories; food, sports, beauty, lifestyle, parenting, business, style, travel, student, best newcomer and North East blogger of the year.

Local DJ and blogger, Lauren Archer Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Lauren Archer, a local DJ, performed at the event alongside other local acts. The multi-talented Geordie girl also won the award for Best Food Blog.

Winners from 11 different categories picked up awards last night Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Carly Musleh won the Best Beauty Blogger category. She is based in South Shields and started her blog three years ago.

I feel overwhelmed and very appreciative to win this award and especially proud that it was held in the North East to showcase our local talent.

– Carly Musleh, local blogger
Carly Musleh Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Other winners included Rachel Kershaw for Best Travel Blog and Sandra Tang for Best Style Blog.

I'm originally from Sheffield but now an adopted Geordie. I was really, really surprised when they called my name. I honestly did not expect to win!

– Sandra Tang, local blogger
Rachel Kershaw and Sandra Tang Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

But, the lady of the hour and overall winner was mum of three from Cramlington, Samantha Rickelton.

The 30-year-old only started blogging 18 months ago, but has already made an impact on the North East blogging scene by creating 'top ten tips' for bloggers who are starting out, and hosting google plus chats with new bloggers who need friendly advice.

I couldn't believe it, especially because I didn't win the category I was originally in - travel! I was just happy for everyone else so when they called my name, it was such a huge shock.

– Samantha Rickelton, local blogger
Samantha Rickelton, the North East Blogger of the Year Credit: ITV Tyne Tees