Cheryl Cole will return to the region with Girls Aloud in the first concert of their new tour.

The band that helped Cheryl to fame have reunited for a tour next year - opening with two dates in Cheryl's hometown of Newcastle.

The group announced their plans at a press conference on Friday.

The 12-date tour will open in Newcastle with two gigs on February 21 and 22.

They also confirmed the release of their new single, Something New, on November 18.

A greatest hits album, called Ten, will also be released.

This year marks a decade since they were put together by the ITV show Popstars: The Rivals and claimed their first number one with Sound Of The Underground

Cheryl played for the first time in Newcastle, as a solo artist last week

Cheryl performing live Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images