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Chris Rea plays North East gigs
Chris Rea

Chris Rea talks about Teesside

Middlesbrough musician Chris Rea spoke to Look North on 18 March 2010 as he returned to the area for two gigs.

He's one of Teesside's favourite sons and 58-year-old Rea has spoken about his affection for the place that shaped him.

He developed pancreatic cancer in 1994, and since then has had nine operations to cure blockages in his colon.

"When I lost my pancreas, duodenum and colon, (in 2000) the main reasons I got through was due to painting and music."

He told Look North's Peter Harris about his plans for the future and why performing on stage in the North East makes him more nervous than playing Wembley.

And Chris, who wrote the moving tribute to Teesside's industrial heritage "Steel River", gives his thoughts on the demise of the Corus plant at Redcar.

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