Hundreds of people are marking Armed Forces Day. Events are being held across the region, including in York, Hartlepool and Redcar.
In Newcastle, veterans, serving personnel and cadets are spending the day in Old Eldon Square.
The day began with a service of remembrance, but this is also an important opportunity for personnel to meet the public and thank them for their support.
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Martin Stew gives us his take on the Exit Poll.
The Tories are predicted to win 368 seats - a majority of 86 - while Labour tumble to 191 seats, their worst result in modern history.
The polls have closed. We will update the results for our region as they come in.