Fans welcome singer home

Alfie with mum Patricia Boe and his sisters, from left, Pauline Lauder, Frances Macauley, Annie Benson and Therese Bamber

Alfie with mum Patricia Boe and his sisters, from left, Pauline Lauder, Frances Macauley, Annie Benson and Therese Bamber

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SUPERSTAR tenor Alfie Boe’s delight at coming home was clear for all to see as crowds came out to see him launch his new album.

His fans greeted him with a roar of applause – and a few emotional tears of joy – as he arrived at HMV in Blackpool last night.

The singing sensation, who was brought up in Fleetwood and is best-known for his starring role as Jean Valjean in the massive West End hit Les Miserables, signed copies of his eagerly awaited album, Alfie.

The 38-year-old said: “It’s wonderful to be back, I always love seeing my family and friends.

“It’s really sweet to meet everyone who supports me and have a chat with them.”

Talking about his new album and his future tour, Alfie said: “They’re going to hear some really good songs, some collaborations with Robert Plant and Michael Ball.

“They are strong and powerful. I’m looking forward to the tour – playing my music live, there’s nothing better.”

More than 300 fans queued outside HMV especially to see the West End star while his number one fan, his mum Pat Boe, watched on beaming with pride.

She said: “He deserves it, he works so hard. He loves every minute of it.”

His fans were smiling with delight as they stole a few minutes chatting with the star as he signed autographs.

Helen Clavering, 36, from Chesterfield in Derbyshire, who was first in the queue, said: “I’m a big fan. He’s so sweet and I love his music.”

Heather Carruthers, 75, from Thornton, said: “When he sings you just feel as if you are in touch with him.”

Gemma Lyons, 18, from Thornton, said: “His singing is effortless. He opens his mouth and this beautiful sound comes out.”

Bosses at HMV were impressed with the turnout and said it was one of the most popular personal appearances they had ever hosted.

Neil Carpenter, manager of HMV on Bank Hey Street, said: “It’s been brilliant.

“We have had more interest in his personal appearance than anything.”