There speaks the Frankie May appreciation society, but he's not alone! In my opinion you could do a lot worse. There's always an element of risk in making a choice. I'm not a betting man but if I were your odds of a good time with Frankie May are much shorter than with Bella, if you take into account 'dodgy agency', evidence from feedback, etc.
It's a little disappointing to read you think the North East is a bit bleak, but each to their own opinion. I'm not speaking for all forum members but I think it's picked up a bit recently.