Tongues have been wagging in a Lancashire village after of one of the biggest pop stars in the world was spotted in the area.
Curly-haired superstar Harry Styles from boyband One Direction has been seen on numerous occasions across the county in recent weeks and it is thought he may be staying in the village of Burscough, near Ormskirk.
The star, who shot to fame after appearing on reality TV show the X-Factor three years ago, is originally from Cheshire. But it is believed Harry may be staying in Burscough, where it is thought he has family, to escape the attentions of some of his dedicated legion of admirers.
Confirmed sightings place him two restaurants in Longton and a bowling alley in Southport on Boxing Day. He is even believed to have spent a few days in the Lake District with his mega star US girlfriend Taylor Swift.
David Cunningham, owner of The Traditional Sweet Shop in Burscough, said rumours have been flying around the village in recent weeks.
He said: “He is in the area somewhere. There have been some rumours. I wouldn’t say Burscough was somewhere I would expect someone from such a famous boy band to live.
“There are lots of lovely restaurants and shops, but it’s quite a sleepy village really. Not somewhere you would put someone like Harry Styles.
“I heard about Harry being at a bowling alley in Southport just before Christmas through my daughter.
“I’d certainly know it if he walked in my shop. There would be screaming girls behind him. He hasn’t done yet.”
He has also be spotted at San Marco Italian restaurant at Much Hoole and Langs of Longton, near Preston.
A member of staff at Langs said: “He did come in here. He came in briefly and sat down for 10 or 15 minutes with his friends. A lot of the girls who work here were quite impressed.
“Maybe the odd table did notice him, but everyone was eating their food. We all left him alone really.”
It comes just weeks after the singing star was seen in Windermere with girlfriend Taylor. The pair had a stroll around the town before posing for photographs with screaming fans.
And Harry, who is currently in the Caribbean with the singer Swift, isn’t the only X-Factor export rumoured to be living in the area, with Burscough apparently being home to Chinese contestant Goldie Cheung, who appeared on the show two years ago.