A North East development agency says it fears for the future of a Northumberland town after yesterday's Rio TInto Alcan redundancies.
Workers have finished their last shift at the Alcan aluminium smelter in Northumberland, leaving more than 300 people redundant.
The last shift ends for nearly 300 workers at Alcan after 40 years of smelting at Lynemouth, Northumberland.
The former Rio Tinto Alcan smelter site in Lynemouth, which closed last year, has welcomed its first new tenant. Aartoft Limited will take up some of the space enabling them to expand and take on more staff.
More than 500 people lost their jobs when the site closed.
It's been announced today that the deal's been completed to sell the Lynemouth Power Station near Ashington in Northumberland.
It's being bought from Rio Tinto Alcan by RWE who plan to convert it into a biomass facility. It safeguards 120 jobs at the site.
500 people lost their jobs earlier this year when Rio Tinto closed the neighbouring aluminium smelter.
Six year old Archie Anderson is starting his recovery after a life changing operation to strengthen his legs.
Archie, who has cerebral palsy, travelled to the United States for the operation on his spinal cord, made possible by £10,000 donation from workers at the ALCAN aluminium smelter in Northumberland.
He was discharged from hospital yesterday (Sunday 24 June) and will now have daily physiotherapy sessions to help his recovery.
Six year old Archie Anderson has undergone a life changing operation in the United States, made possible by the donations from workers who'd lost their jobs.
He has cerebral palsy and travelled to the US for a three and a half hours operation on his spinal chord to strengthen his legs.
His family received £10,000 towards the cost of the operation from former workers at the Alcan aluminium smelter in Northumberland. They donated some of the remaining contents of their social fund, after the plant closed last month with the loss of 300 jobs.
Workers sign off with HR and head out of the gates.
Half of the workers at the Alcan aluminium smelter in Northumberland working their last shifts today as the plant prepares to shut down after 40 years of operating.
Owner Rio Tinto announced plans to close the plant near Lynemouth last November.