From rat fraud on Valentine’s Day to amazing tales of bravery and heartbreak, it’s been another year of inspirational and emotional stories.
Here we look at sunderlandecho.com’s most-read news stories of 2015:
Rayna Holden, 18, bravely asked for the video of her brutal attack in a pub car park at the hands of her boyfriend to be made public as a warning to others.
You helped spread her message, making this our most-read story of the year.
Tens of thousands of you helped spread the word in the search to find Colin Pine, who wet missing just before Christmas after going out to watch the derby.
Sadly Colin was later found dead after falling in the river, but we hope your efforts and tributes were of some comfort to his family
3) Food hygiene ratings for Sunderland and Durham
We lifted the lid how clean your favourite eateries really were, publishing the full list of food hygiene ratings as they stood in May - and you were very keen to find out how they fared.
Christopher Baker released a rat in Borneo Bistro in a big to get a free meal on Valentine's Day.
Unfortunately for him he was caught in the act, with the whole episode captured on CCTV.
February seemed to be a month for bizarre incidents. Here, award-winning businesswoman Anne Ganley sealed herself inside her business premises when she was facing with eviction.
Top sports stories of 2015
From the dizzy highs of our six-in-a-row derby joy, to tougher times on the pitch, we’ve been charting Sunderland’s ups and downs online.
And you have also had your say, with thousands leaving comments and taking part in our surveys and polls.
Here’s the most-read sports stories of the year:
Sunderland have had three managers in 2015, the churn beginning with the departure of former hero Gus Poyet.
Club owner Ellis Short explained to fans in March that he was sacked over lack of progress in this article, which became our most-read sports story of the year.
Next permanent manager at the Black Cats was Advocaat, who pulled off another great escape, keeping the team up by the skin of their teeth.
As speculation went on in May as to whether or not he would stay on, he gave the club's then sporting director Lee Congerton, a wishlist of signings.
Talks to sign Januzaj on loan from Manchester United sparked massive interest from fans, who were ultimately disappointed when he decided to stay put.
No surprises that yet another derby win for Sunderland saw fans jumping with delight, with hits flying on our six-in-a-row coverage.
The third manager to take over the hot-seat at Sunderland, Sam Allardyce arrived after rumours a book tour may prevent him taking the job, and a poll suggesting the vast majority of fans wanted him at the club.
Our picks of the year
It was just heartbreaking to see the family of Terry MacDonald left devestated after the death of the brave and popular dad just days before Christmas.
Again, Echo readers flooded our Facebook page and website with kind words and tributes, which we hope showed Terry's family how much the city cared.
Everyone likes a bit of nostalgia, as this look back on Annabels, Finos, Ku and the like showed.
She'd been through so much, but Samantha Miller showed great bravery as she waved her right to anonymity to speak out against domestic abuse.
The desperate shortage of hotel accommodation in Sunderland has long been a bugbear, which started to be finally addressed in 2015.
But comedian Jason Manford somewhat put its foot in it when he posted about his difficulties in finding somewhere "nice" to stay in the city.
The amazing story of Fay Louise Purdham, a transgender model who froze her sperm before having a sex-change operation in the hopes of one day having a child now she has become a woman.