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Businessman and philanthropist Graham Wylie has became one of the North East's most successful businessmen after co-founding The Sage Group, the UK's biggest software company in 1981.

Teenage sweethearts Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry, from South Shields, were killed when a suicide bomber targeted an Ariana Grande concert last May. 

 A street sweeper for 35 years, Peter Woodmansey officially retired 17 years ago - but he still spends two hours every day diligently sweeping the streets of Darlington.

Lynn from North Shields, is the founder of Pathways4All, a charity which provides recreational activities and support for children with disabilities and additional needs.

Emily was just nine when an aerosol which was thrown into a garden fire exploded, causing serious facial injuries.

Blake was in the pool while on holiday in France with his younger sister Tilly, his mum Victoria and her husband David last year, when he spotted another child’s lifeless body at the bottom.

Former British Army Staff Sergeant Tony was the first person to rush to the aid of PC Palmer, the unarmed police officer who was fatally stabbed as he attempted to stop terrorist Khalid Masood outside the Palace of Westminster.

Northumbria officers Sgt Elliott Richardson and PCs Sarah Currie and Michael Otterson were on duty in Gateshead when they received a call about a man who had made threats of violence. After searching for him, they spotted him entering a pub, wearing body armour and carrying a rucksack. When PCs Currie and Otterson opened the door to the pub, they were confronted by the man holding a handgun.

Lynne and Cheryl set up their Community Corner charity four years ago, which sells donated goods to raise money for worthy causes in South Tyneside. They have been dubbed “angels in the community” as they dedicate their days to making people’s lives better.

Today we arrived at the Assembly Rooms in Newcastle to greet our judging panel comprising of local football legend Steve Howey, TV favourite Denise Welch, Paralympic hero Stephen Miller MBE, ITV Tyne Tees and Border presenter Pam Royle, Strategic Head of Operations for the North East Ambulance Service Douglas McDougall , TSB Area Director Bev Gibson, Pride of Britain Editorial Director Shiraz Lalani and last year’s winner Lynn Lucas. Our chair Darren Thwaites was unfortunately unwell so Chronicle Live Editor Helen Dalby stepped into the role to head up proceedings.

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