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Joe McElderry and Cheryl Cole visit South Shields

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Cheryl Cole visit to South Shields

Cheryl Cole's van leaves Joe's house

Hush, hush flying visit

ITV X Factor star and South Shields lad Joe McElderry made a flying visit to South Shields today under strict secrecy along with his mentor and judge Cheryl Cole, news filtered throughout the town this afternoon by text message and mobile phone after Joe made a surprise visit to his old school Harton Technology College earlier.

McElderry, now the hot favourite to win the X Factor next weekend, took Cheryl home to meet his mother and other members of the family in Westoe and crowds soon thronged around their front door and a police operation was quickly put in place to ensure that there were no silly traffic accidents and to look after the safety of members of the public spilling out from the pavements. A company detailed by ITV to look after today’s arrangements kept the whole visit under strict wraps and at 3:30 Cheryl Cole was quickly whisked into a silver people carrier with darkened windows and teenager McElderry soon joined after a quick smile and wave to his waiting fans.

Rumours spread that a special appearance was to be arranged in the Bents Park this evening but police have confirmed that this is only a rumour and Joe WILL NOT be making a further appearance in South Shields today. I understand that Gateshead and Newcastle have made an arrangement with ITV for Joe and Cheryl to appear at Gateshead’s Sage this evening for a special Tyneside civic reception and a gig.


Joe at The Sage


For pictures of the activities and excitement at Joe’s house see my Twitpic feed.

We can only hope that should Joe deservedly win ITV’s X Factor that he will be able to make home visits again in the near future without necessary mega star security measures, but somehow, I think he may have to get used to the idea!

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Written by curly

December 7, 2009 at 6:06 pm

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  1. joe , what a welcome they gave you back home and you deserved it . and you gave tham a great performance . heres to the final joe and a big win

    len hudson

    December 10, 2009 at 12:52 pm

  2. HI Joe McElderry How Are You Today Are You Feel Ok Today My Name IS Stuart From Manchester Just To Say That Joe Is The Winner Of The X Factor And Also Still
    Proud Him And Just To Say Congratulations To You And Good Lock Joe Wish You The Brst Love Stuart

    Stuart Beaumont

    December 14, 2009 at 5:01 pm

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