Joe McElderry has been at the opening of a new chemotherapy unit at Shotley Bridge Community Hospital.
We asked him how important it was for local people to have a local treatment centre.
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The lorry has gone into the central reservation
Work has started on the centre, which will open next year in West Sleekburn and is named after Ernest Rutherfod who identified the proton.
Proposals for the sea defence scheme at the Central Lower Promenade in Whitley Bay will help protect homes & businesses.