Singer Murs pays Lochter Visit

Nicely putt: Olly Murs has a go at some Highland Games events on his visit to Lochter
Nicely putt: Olly Murs has a go at some Highland Games events on his visit to Lochter

Pop star Olly Murs caused a bit of a stir in Oldmeldrum last week, especially amongst the ladies, when he and his band paid a visit to the Lochter Activity Centre.

Accompanied by an ITV crew who were filming the singer for a forthcoming series, Mr Murs and his band took some time off to enjoy the sporting activities on offer.

The singer, who was a runner up on the X-Factor in 2009, was in the North East to perform the first of 2 concerts at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre to promote his latest album ‘In Case You Didn’t Know’.

Murs shot to fame after performing Stevie Wonder hit ‘Superstition’ in his X-Factor Audition. His performance prompted notoriously hard to please judge Simon Cowell to describe putting him through to the next round as ‘the easiest yes I’ve ever given.”

Suitably attired in kilts provided by Gibbs Menswear of Inverurie, a spokesman for the centre said that Olly and his band had a great time at the 4x4 blindfold driving, Karting and Highland Games, where “tossing the caber proved popular but difficult for some.”

Mr Murs had been due to play at the AECC on Tuesday 21 February, but the show was rescheduled to take place on Sunday evening, before he and his band leave for Ireland.

Word of his visit had spread around the area and a number of fans turned up for pictures and autographs which were willingly provided. Speculation about whether or not the X-Factor star was staying nearby reached the extent that one local hotel issued a denial on Twitter and Facebook that Mr Murs and his entourage were booked in there.

The entire day of action at Lochter was filmed as part of the Olly Murs Great British Tour programme, which will be screened on ITV2 on the 11th, 18th and 25th April.