Sir John Hall
(b. North Seaton
, 21 March 1933) is a property developer
in North East England
. He is also life president and former chairman of Newcastle United
Born and brought up in North Seaton
, he worked in the mining industry as a surveyor before going into business on his own account.
In the 1980s his company, Cameron Hall Developments masterminded the construction of the MetroCentre
shopping mall in Dunston, Gateshead
. The development was not without its critics locally; reputedly, the script of the BBC
drama Our Friends in the North
was changed to remove a character resembling Sir John who took advantage of tax breaks to build a shopping centre.
In April 2010, Hall announced that he is suffering from inoperable prostate cancer
and was about to embark on a course of intensive chemotheraphy. As of February 2011, the cancer is being kept under control by medication and Sir John is concentrating on his final project, a £2.5 million rose garden at his Wynyard Park
On 10 February 2011, at a ceremony at the Shipley Art Gallery
, Sir John and his wife, Lady Hall, were given the freedom of Gateshead for their services to leisure, retail, business and sport.
Newcastle Sporting Club
He began by taking over the Newcastle United
club in a bitter battle for control and appointing Kevin Keegan
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