Missing Martin Cooper is back with his family after disappearing for more than 24 hours.
The Chronicle told on Tuesday how police and relatives were searching for the retired English teacher who vanished from his Whitley Bay home on Monday morning.
But his family has now confirmed he was found in Scotland on Tuesday evening.
Dad-of-three Martin travelled back to Tyneside on Wednesday and is now back home with his wife, Mary.
Martin's son Joe has told of his relief.
The 38-year-old said: "He's been found safely near Fort William. We were extremely worried."
When I used to knock around Bedlington with a few mates from Westridge we knew how to amuse ourselves. Knowing how to hockle well was a talent worth cultivating. Harry Wilson was the undisputed master. He knew how to howk up a pellet of phlegm, shape it to give it just the right heft and aerodynamics and propel it over an amazingly long distance with impressive accuracy. Once lying around on the grass at the tennis courts behind Holymount Square I saw him, from a sitting position, his back against the high chain link fence around the tennis courts, unleash a spectacular hockle straight up into the air and backwards over the fence onto the tennis court. We knew how to have a good time.