NEW READER PHOTOS: Pop star Olly Murs films new music video on Saunton Sands beach
THESE exclusive photos show pop star Olly Murs filming his new music video at Saunton Sands beach today.
The Heart Skips a Beat star, who found fame on reality TV show X Factor, was in North Devon to film his music video for new single Hand On Heart.
Rumours had been circling North Devon over the weekend amid claims the international star had been seen at Saunton Sands Hotel and at Tesco in Braunton.
The Journal can exclusively confirm today that the Troublemaker singer has been filming the video on Saunton Sands beach.
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He was accompanied by approximately 20 crew members as he filmed the video wearing a dark black coat and black sunglasses.
The filming, which took place approximately one mile along the beach from the Saunton Sands Beach car park, got underway this morning before the crew broke for lunch at the hotel.
They returned to filming at around 2pm and a helicopter, which had been sat on the sand all morning, started circling overhead to film the Please Don’t Let Me Go singer.
Army vehicles were also seen on the beach and appeared to be featuring in the video.
Film crews were also on the beach and numerous vehicles emblazoned with a Close Encounters film and television logo parked in the car park.
Fan Gloria O‘connell, who is business development manager at Marsdens Cottage Holidays, was lucky enough to meet the superstar during his visit to North Devon.
She said: “I’m so pleased to have been able to meet Olly Murs. Even though the rain was pouring down and they were busy filming, he took the time out to come over and say hello.
“It’s great he has chosen Saunton as the location for his new music video, we are so lucky to live is this beautiful part the UK and hopefully this video will help to showcase the stunning backdrop of the beach and the North Devon Biosphere’s sand dunes. “
There were also rumours circulating that Olly's superstar pal Robbie Williams joined him at the beach for filming, although it’s not clear if there was any truth to that rumour.
Former Take That star Robbie filmed his video for Angels on Saunton Sands in 1997 and became friends with Olly when he guest mentored him on X Factor.
Olly has also taken to Twitter in the last 24 hours to confirm he is shooting his new music video.
He wrote: “A horrible wet miserable day on video shoot for Hand On Heart!! Classic me video.. alwayssss raining!!”
Before posting: “1st day of the video shoot done... it was smashing.. LITERALLY... sorry about the window.. OOPS!! shocking Left foot.. SHANK!!”
Dozens of fans have taken to Twitter and Facebook to share news of Olly's visit.
@claudiaemery511 wrote: “Olly murs is staying in saunton sands hotel, shooting his new music video on saunton beach and was in braunton tescos last night”
@aimze2 posted: “OMG.... @ollyofficial is meant to be at saunton sands hotel! Filming or something on beach! How did we not know this! Xxx”
And @alicenewbyy wrote: “As if Olly Murs is making his music video in Saunton right now?! Worst time to be at uni”
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Here are a few other things that have been filmed in North Devon:
1. Saunton Sands was used as a location for the 1946 Powell and Pressburger film A Matter of Life and Death (sometimes called Stairway to Heaven).
2. Braunton Burrows was used as a major location for the 1978 horror film The Shout.
3. Saunton Sands was used as a location for the 1982 Pink Floyd film The Wall and as the backdrop for the cover of their 1987 album A Momentary Lapse of Reason.
5.In the late 1990s Saunton Beach was used as the location for the video for Robbie Williams’ song Angels.
6. Saunton Sands was used as a backdrop for scenes in upcoming Tom Cruise blockbuster “All you need is kill” which is due to be released in 2014.
7. During May 2007, the BBC spent three weeks on the Hartland Abbey Estate filming Andrew Davis’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’.