Here are some of our highlights of the year which raised a smile. Everyone knows Dave the Rave - and he was officially crowned the best Mackem dancer of all time by Echo readers earlier in the year. Sunderland was voted as the best place to live for under 30s, according to a study. Leeds could only manage runners-up. Much like the '73 FA Cup. Thousands flocked to see Sunderland's new bridge in the early days of its opening this summer, and it raised a smile to see so much pride in the city. Singer Martin Longstaff crept up the charts with his song Shipyards, the title track to Netflix documentary Sunderland 'Til I Die. Makes us proud! We love a Stadium of Light concert, and with the Spice Girls set to play in June 2019, this promises to be a big one! A bumper crowd of Sunderland fans packed the Stadium of Light for the club's Boxing Day match against Bradford City. All 46,039 of them. She's taken social media by storm - and she made us laugh when we were lucky enough to meet her this year. Crowned Sunderland's own Mrs Doubtfire by the readers. Your kindness led to thousands of toys being donated to children who may have gone without this Christmas. And it made our year. He was on a winning streak as he started to predict England's success in the 2018 World Cup. And if his happy face doesn't put a smile on yours, we're out of ideas. Out of heartbreak came a generous idea which supported hundreds of people across the North East this Christmas. The charity handed out boxes up and down the region.