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.
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.