10 stories from Sunderland that made us smile this year

If you need something to cheer you up today as 2019 draws to a close, we've got just the thing.

Friday, 28th December 2018, 2:14 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th January 2019, 1:51 am
Here are some of our highlights of the year which raised a smile.

It's easy to get wrapped up in all of the world's negative news, but we thought we'd remind you of the little things that have put a smile on our face throughout 2019. Whether it was a funny grandma with a loud mouth, a score-predicting pig or some of the best dancers in Sunderland, we've got something for you. Take a look at some of the stories which put a smile on our face this year. Here's to the next 12 months.

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.

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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.