Award categories cover educational, sporting, community and environmental excellence.
During the evening, special awards were given to the families of tragic Hartlepool youngster Becky Bell, dubbed Hartlepool’s Princess, and respected businessman Gus Robinson, a Man of the People.
Tears flowed as poignant and emotive picture legacies to both Becky and Gus were played out to a backdrop of selected soundtracks.
Becky’s family bravely wiped away tears to accept an award to recognise the inspirational way they coped with the beautiful schoolgirl’s battle with a brain tumour that earned her the respect of the entire town.
She lost her battle in January.
Gus Robinson’s wife Judith and son Daniel, who has taken over his late father’s role at Gus Robinson Developments, also attended the emotional awards ceremony.
• Slideshow compiled by Digimacc Slideshows www.digimacc.com