THERE was only One Direction for legions of teenage fans to head in yesterday - as one of Doncaster’s best known celebs came home.
Louis Tomlinson, from Bessacarr, was greeted by the deafening noise of screaming girls as he turned up at Trax FM’s studios near White Rose Way with the rest of his group, One Direction.
But it initially turned out to be the wrong direction for the band’s driver when they first arrived, about 30 minutes late, after the chauffeur missed the turning into the car park.
After making it safely at last the boyband spent their first two minutes signing autographs for fans, before being ushered inside.
The lads are in the borough to promote their debut single, which is due to be released next month, called What Makes You Beautiful.
Louis and bandmates Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik were signed up by Simon Cowell’s own record label after they came third in last year’s X Factor TV talent show.
Around 250 teenage girls assembled outside the Doncaster studios, many having travelled long distances to see the band.
During their interview, the boys said their sound on their album would be more guitar driven than people had heard from them in the past, and said the CD would be filled with all original songs.
They also said they would be touring at the end of this year and early in 2012.
Louis told of his excitement at having played a show at his old school, Hall Cross, in the borough last year.
He said: “That was amazing. It was really nice to go back to the school and sing with the boys. It was our first performance in front of a crowd, and was really nerve-wracking.”
He said he was pleased to be back on home turf, and added: “You can’t beat a bit of Doncaster!”
One group of six fans had travelled all the way from Grantham in Lincolnshire by train and onwards by taxi when they heard the group were coming to Doncaster. They were waving a banner they had drawn in the hope they would be seen.
“We thought we would stand a few yards away from the radio station so they would see us when they arrived, and then hopefully stop,” said 15-year-old Hannah Casey.
“We’ve seen them before and some of us met them when they were at the Keepmoat. We just love them. It doesn’t seem too far to travel to us.”
Sarah Compton, also 15, had travelled from Wakefield.
She said: “We heard them on Radio Ayre this morning though we didn’t know they were there until then, so my mum brought us here as quickly as she could when we found out they were in Doncaster.
“We hope to get close to them because we love them.”
Also among those at the station was Louis’ mum Johanna.
For her, Louis’ return provided a rare chance to see her son, who has been busy since the end of last year’s competition.
But she said he still phones her every day - three or four times.
She said: “I think that’s something I hadn’t realised, how hard they work.
“He’s only been home eight days since the X Factor.”
She added he has now moved into a shared flat with fellow group member Harry... whose mum has bought the boys their first ironing board.