Sir John Hall, one of the region's best-known businessmen, is returning to his home town to try and revamp the high street.
The businessman hails from Ashington and says that he is delighted to be sharing his expertise back on home turf.
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At least six people from the region are missing after the terror attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday.
Northumbria Police will be holding a meeting later following the terror attack in Manchester.
Ariana Grande fans from the North East have told how they were caught up in a terror attack which has killed at least 22 people.