Locals were trying to set a world record with hula hoops, and crowds gathered in their thousands to welcome the Olympic torch.
Dozens of Sunderland pupils headed to Durham Cathedral for a special occasion and we headed to Penshaw for a lovely Easter scene under the monument.
But don’t just take our word for it. Take a look at our archive selection of photos and re-live the memories.
9. Magical music memories in the Market Place
Funky Style Brass from France brought their extravagant costumes and showmanship to the Market Place in Durham. They were there as part of the Streets of Brass, Durham International Festival 2012.
Photo: Picture by Peter Berry
10. Share your 2012 memories
It was a big year for the UK with the Olympics in London but what are your memories of life closer to home? Tell us more by emailing [email protected]