There was no mistaking who were the most wanted fellas in Manchester at the weekend.
Hundreds of screaming fans headed to Walkden to catch chart-topping boyband The Wanted as they signed copies of their new album.
And the fan frenzy caused quite a stir at Tesco in the town centre – particularly as due to health and safety wrangles fans had to queue outside on a pavement next to the busy main road.
Because the supermarket is based within the Ellesmere Shopping Centre, Tesco had to seek permission from their landlords to have the signing inside the store - but amid concerns for health and safety ended up having to host the chart-topping boyband in a holding area at the rear. And even then, only 10 fans at a time were allowed in to see their pop idols.
Still, it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the fans, many of whom had queued for over 8 hours to meet the five heart-throb lads.
First in line was 16-year-old Michael Carter from Ashton, who reckons he can lay claim to the title of The Wanted’s biggest male fan.
He said: “The band have even quoted me in their magazine articles as their biggest male fan. I just think they represent the new era of boybands. They’re all real lads, and there’s nothing fake about them.”
Meanwhile 16-year-old Sophie Worthington from Stalybridge has followed them across the country since first discovering the band on Twitter.
She says: “I’ve been to London, Liverpool, Wigan and Warrington to see them, so I’m pretty pleased they’ve come a bit closer to home this time.
“They’re all dead down to earth and have kept their feet on the ground and of course they’re all gorgeous.”
The Wanted lads – Tom Parker, Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes – were delighted such a big crowd had turned out.
Jay said: “It’s day in, day out now meeting so many fans every single day, but every day we wake up with a huge grin on our face, it’s the best part of what we do.”
And for local lads Tom, from Bolton, and Max, from Swinton, it was particularly special to be back on home turf.
Max said: “It felt so good driving up and seeing the queue outside and meeting so many people, it’s just mental.
“My dad”s house, where I grew up, is literally just a minute’s walk down the road from here.
“And this is where my mum and dad always shopped, and my nan and grandad, and they still do.
“So this is where I’ve been fed from all my life!”
Tom added: "I’m probably more local to Walkden than Max is today, because Bolton is just two miles up the road from here for me.”