A TRIO of South Tyneside comedians were honoured by bosses at the Customs House in South Shields.
After the first of two shows in aid of the Mill Dam theatre, Jason Cook, Chris Ramsey and Sarah Millican were made fellows of the Customs House Academy.
The academy was set up to honour and nurture the borough’s talented residents.
The trio, who helped raise £25,000 at yesterday’s Customs House charity gala, were the first to be inducted into the exclusive club.
They were presented with their awards by BBC Look North presenter Jeff Brown.
Jason, of Hebburn, said: “Thanks for this. It’s very overwhelming.
“I don’t really get a lot of stuff like this, so it means a lot to me, and this theatre does as well, which is why I’ve done these shows.”
Chris, of Marsden, South Shields, said: “This genuinely means a lot, so thank you so much.”
Sarah, of Chichester, South Shields, added: “Of course, I jumped at the chance to came back here and perform when Jason asked, because I love this place and it’s obviously my home town.”
Christopher Potts, chairman of the Customs House Trust, said: “It’s a great pleasure to be joined by our honoured guests, not just because they’ve already performed and are going to perform again, but because we have the privilege of inducting them into the new Customs House Academy.”