Thankfully the weekend has arrived - and it’s time to catch up on what you’ve missed.
For many, the week’s much-needed days of rest have finally arrived.
But if work got the best of you from Monday to Friday (and you’re feeling a little bit out of the loop) we are here to look after you.
It’s been a busy week in the North East Press newsroom – and there’s been a lot going on – so take a look at our guide to what you might have missed this week.
We’ve picked 11 stories from our region to share with you and help you catch up before Monday rolls around again.
Grab your pint and take a trip down Memory Lane to pubs of the 1980s.
That’s the 17 winners of trophies at this year’s Sunderland Echo Portfolio Business Awards.
It’s Boxing Day Dip time again.
The Lions Club of Sunderland is now hard at work, organising what will be the 41st annual Boxing Day Dip at Seaburn.
Police say Hartlepool’s Church Street has been the scene of a catalogue of serious violence in the last year-and-a-half.
In the last 18 months, there have been 18 incidents in the area alone, of which eight were particularly serious, with injuries including a broken cheek bone, broken nose, fractured eye socket and a jaw broken so badly that it required surgery.
A man has appeared in court charged with attempted murder after dousing himself and his ex-partner in petrol and crashing the car they were travelling in at 85 miles per hour.
Pervaiza Mirza, 36, picked up his ex from the David Lloyd leisure centre in Gosforth, Newcastle, on 22 December last year.
A grieving Sunderland widow has been left devastated after losing a necklace with her late husband’s photo on it.
When Jean Bramham’s husband Jim lost his battle against pneumonia eight weeks ago, her friends wanted to do something special for her.
Family and friends of a popular Hartlepool man will celebrate his life and raise money for the town’s hospice for an eighth year in a row.
Relatives and loved ones of much-missed Liam Gough are getting ready for another memorial night in aid of Hartlepool & District Hospice.
A think tank which branded South Tyneside as culturally inadequate has been dubbed a ‘thicktank’ by a borough councillor.
Coun John McCabe hit out at the Royal Society of Arts’ (RSA) “deeply flawed” Heritage Index, during a meeting of South Tyneside Council at Jarrow Town Hall.
An investigation has been launched after a Wearside man died during a police search of his house.
At about 7.30pm on Monday police executed a search warrant at an address on High Street, in Easington Lane. During the search of the property a 43-year-old man, who lived at the address, became unwell.
Black Cats bosses have pledged to keep football affordable for supporters after a survey revealed Sunderland fans enjoy among the cheapest matchday experiences in the Premier League.
The BBC Price of Football survey - the largest study of its type in Europe - has shown that Sunderland’s lowest single home ticket, £25, is the joint-fourth cheapest in the top flight
Council bosses in South Tyneside are looking for people to celebrate Bonfire Night with a bang.
The annual fireworks display in South Shields is taking place on the seafront on Sunday, November 1 – at the double.