Not exactly a grand homecoming: Cheryl Cole dresses down for album signing in her native Newcastle
22:30 GMT, 19 June 2012
Every star dreams of making that journey back to their hometown as a hero after having found success and fame.
Today, Cheryl Cole returned to her birth place, Newcastle, but decided to dress down for what should have been a rather grand occasion.
The 28-year-old dressed in a casual outfit to attend an album signing at HMV in her hometown in northern England.
Dress down: Cheryl Cole arrived in her home town of Newcastle today dressed casually in jeans and a plain top for an album signing
While the former X Factor judge didn't look awful, she could definitely have made more effort for her fans, some of whom had camped out to see her.
The Fight For This Love singer turned up in a pair of faded jeans with a white vest and a jacket with blue circles, squares and triangles on.
She teamed the clothes with simple two-tone heels and a long pendant, with her much debated full looking hair down over her shoulders.
Up north: The former X Factor star decided to wear a pair of jeans and a patterned jacket instead of dressing up for the homecoming
Still smiling: Cheryl again showed a full head of hair which she wore down over her shoulders
As well as stopping off at the music store to sign copies of new album A Million Lights, Cheryl also visited a school in the city for her charity, The Cheryl Cole Foundation.
She tweeted: 'SO to everyone i met today and thank you for all my gifts/early birthday presents ! You're so thoughtful and kind..' (sic)
Despite there not being a huge crush of fans trying to get in to see the Geordie lass, some eager supporters camped out the night before.
Wannabe: Many of the fans camped out for more than 12 hours to get a meet and greet with Cheryl
Alison Pharoah, 17, from Walker, Newcastle, queued with friend Amy Shepherdson, 19, of Stockton, Teeside from teatime on Monday.
She said: 'I just love everything about Cheryl. We're from similar backgrounds and from the same place… I think she's amazing.
'She makes us believe anything is possible.'
What's the need Some eager fans decided to camp out over night in the town centre despite there not being huge queues
Happy campers: From left, Cathrine Snaith from Sunderland, Amy Shepherdson from Stockton and Alison Pharoah from Newcastle
Equipped with sleeping bags and tents, teens came from the local area and neighbouring Sunderland and Stockton to sleep in Northumberland Street ahead of meeting Miss Cole.
There efforts didn't go unnoticed as Cheryl said: 'I hear some of you are camping out already in Newcastle *bbmcantwatchface*.. I hope your all good !! Stay safe.. I'm on my wayyyyy .. :D'
It's been a busy few days for the singer as she has been busy promoting her album up and down the country.
Copy cats: Hundreds of fans turned up to greet Cheryl and many of them dressed just like their pop idol
The good girl: As well as stopping off at the music store to sign copies of new album A Million Lights, Cheryl also visited a school in the city for her charity, The Cheryl Cole Foundation
A Million Lights: Cheryl has been busy promoting her new album up and down the country this week
Yesterday she was again signing albums at another HMV store in London, and she fielded several questions about the direction of her music.
Speaking to RWD TV, she said: 'It's definitely got an urban feel but there is loads of sounds on there, there's dub step on there, there is dance as you've heard with the Calvin Harris record. Even the will (will.i.am) song is dubby.
'I made a real conscious effort this time to record music that was mine and that people would identify me with.'