A comedian, teachers, business leaders and community heroes on Wearside and County Durham are all recognised in the New Year Honours List.
Among those recognised for their work are comedian Bobby Knoxall, from Sunderland, who receives an MBE for services to entertainment and charity.
Others honoured are Richard Cooke, from Darlington, the regional director of the Inland Revenue who receives a CBE.
Two people are awarded OBEs and seven receive MBEs.
Peter Aitken, of Brancepeth, senior business manager of HM Customs and Excise, receives an OBE as does James McManners, head teacher of Cassop Primary School, in Durham, for services to education.
Cllr Colin Beswick, of Meadowfield, receives an MBE for services to the community in Durham, and Mildred Howell, former maths teacher at Hurworth School, in Darlington, receives her honour for services to education.
Dr Alan Klottrup receives an MBE for services to the community in Durham while John Rawe receives his honour for services to the community in Bishop Auckland.
Christine Taylor, from Durham, former adviser to the Department for Education and Skills receives her MBE for services to early years education with Harold Watson, from South Hetton, receiving his for services to the community in County Durham.
Lynda Hutchinson, a constable with Durham Constabulary, receives the Queen's Police Medal.