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Did Johnny Depp really visit Leek? Here's the chair he apparently sat in at the Foxlowe Arts Centre

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 03, 2014

  • Ian Wilson with the chair which Hollywood star Johnny Depp apparently sat in. Inset, the actor.

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So did Hollywood star Johnny Depp really visit our market town of Leek over the weekend?

The social media websites of Facebook and Twitter went crazy with rumours of the star being spotted at a variety of places in area, including Leek and Cheadle.

However, no-one appears to have any photographic evidence of the Pirates of the Caribbean star's visit.

One venue the 51-year-old actor did apparently visit was the Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek.

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Centre manager Ian Wilson said: "He came in for a coffee and a slice of cake on Saturday.

"It was all round town and over social media. My telephone was red hot; I had to turn it off after a while. He was here with his agent and a couple of others. There was no fuss, no grand-standing or anything like that. Everyone behaved pretty normally around him."

Ian also told the Post & Times that there has since been a lot of fuss over the chair which the Edward Scissorhands actor sat in.

Ian added: "I didn't meet him myself, but our staff and volunteers have said that he said he liked the Foxlowe and what we are doing here.

"Since his visit I've been getting a lot of extra business.

"People are coming in asking for Johnny Depp's chair. We have had so much demand, we've had to put it away, although the table he used is still here."

When asked to be put in touch with one of the members of staff who served Johnny, Mr Wilson said that they did not wish to speak further.

Among the many rumours on social networking sites was that Johnny Depp stayed at The Silken Strand Hotel in St Edward Street.

Co-owner Terry Rogers said: "I have heard from a very good source that Johnny Depp and a filming crew are in the area.

"With regards to rumours that he is staying at The Silken Strand Hotel, I would not be able to say whether he is or not.

"We did have quite a crowd outside the hotel on Saturday evening after the rumours were spotted on Facebook and Twitter."

Terry, who has been in the hospitality business for many years, said: "I have looked after high profile guests in the past, for example Robbie Williams and Wayne Rooney. These were not at The Silken Strand but at other hotels I have worked at.

"At The Silken Strand we have had Mike Tyson booking in with us and other high profile guests such as Steve Davies, Craig Phillips, and Steven Arnold."

It is rumoured that Johnny Depp was in the area, possibly up in The Roaches, filming for Through The Looking Glass, the sequel to the 2010 adaptation of the classic Lewis Carroll children's story, Alice in Wonderland, in which he starred as The Mad Hatter.

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