Each year different people from different walks of life are commended in the New Year's Honours List.
The Honours formally award those who have made achievements in public life, committed themselves to helping Britain and improving the lives of others.
Several people from the north east were commended for their achievements across sport, business and charitable service.
Andrew William Graham Wylie - Knights Bachelor
North east businessman Andrew William Graham Wylie has received an honour for services to business and charity.
Adam Ronald Hogg - CBE
Adam Ronald Hogg, who was commonly known as Ron Hogg, has been posthumously given a CBE for his charitable and political services.
Ben Stokes - OBE
Ben Stokes has been awarded for his services to cricket. The Durham cricketer has played his part in some incredible results for the England cricket team this year, including their Cricket World Cup win in July.
Stokes has received plenty of plaudits this year. Earlier this month he won the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year Award.
Jill Scott - MBE
Sunderland's Jill Scott is another of our region's sporting stars who've been singled out for praise.
Scott was part of the Lionesses squad that went all the way to the World Cup semi-finals in the summer.
A full list of the people from our region to be named in this year's New Year's Honours List can be found below:
Knight or Dame
Julia Unwin CBE - For services to Civil Society
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Gabrielle Lee - For services to prisoners and their families
John O'Neill - For services to children with special educational needs and disabilities
Paul Anthony Smith - For services to technology in Newcastle
Barbara Anne Vest - For services to the energy industry
David Willis - For services to public finance
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Aaron William Hughes - For services to football
Timothy John Hutchinson - For voluntary services to football on North Tyneside
Angela Margaret Knowles - For services to blood cancer research
Gordon Moore - For services to mental health and to people with learning difficulties in Northumberland
Rebecca Ingrid Rogerson - For services to victims of domestic violence
Janice Ross - For services to small and medium-sized enterprises and to the community in north east England
Peter George Sowray - For services to the community in North Yorkshire
Hugh McInnes Steele - For services to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities
John Thompson - For services to the economy and to the community in Northumberland
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Rayburn Bainbridge - For services to cricket
Jeffrey Baker - for services to the community in Consett, County Durham
Harold Joseph Binyon - For services to the Fire Fighters' Charity and to Crook Athletics Club, County Durham
Valerie Cadd - For services to education
Peter Thomas Craig - For services to the community in Whickham
Eric Mordue Dickson - For services to blind and visually impaired people in south east Northumberland
Richard Frank Elam - For service to business and the community in York
Angela Elizabeth Forster - For services to public libraries
Grace Friar - For services to the community in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland
Wolfgang Marc Shatzberger - For services to Holocaust education and awareness
Christine Stewart - For services to the community in Starbeck
Jacqueline Thompson - For services to public libraries