Harry Styles halts his homecoming Old Trafford concert to find his primary school teacher


‘It means a lot that you’re here!’ Harry Styles halts his homecoming Old Trafford concert to find his primary school teacher Mrs Vernon in the crowd and dedicates song to her

There were plenty of magical moments as Harry Styles made his huge homecoming at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground on Wednesday night. 

Not least when he halted the show in front of 74,000 fans to find his first ever school teacher who was in the crowds. 

The pop superstar, 28, had repeatedly told the crowds how special it was to be playing his ‘home show’ just around the corner from where he grew up in Holmes Chapel in Cheshire. 

Kind: Harry Styles halted his homecoming Old Trafford concert on Wednesday night to find his primary school teacher Mrs Vernon in the crowd and dedicated a song to her

Kind: Harry Styles halted his homecoming Old Trafford concert on Wednesday night to find his primary school teacher Mrs Vernon in the crowd and dedicated a song to her

And part way through the show he had fans cheering as he halted the music to try and locate his ‘first ever school teacher Mrs Vernon’ who he had heard was in the crowd that night. 

After a frantic search of the stadium, Mrs Vernon was indeed located and beamed onto the big screens. 

A stunned Mrs Vernon looked on as Harry waxed lyrical about the impact she had had on him in his ‘formative years’. 

He didn’t mention the school, but Harry is known to have attended Hermitage Primary School in Holmes Chapel, before heading to the village’s Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School as a teenager. 

Lovely: In a touching moment he said. 'I just want to thank you for everything in those formative years. Thank you so much. It means a lot to me that's you're here tonight, you were truly a wonderful teacher' (Mrs Vernon pictured on the big screen as Harry spoke to her)

Lovely: In a touching moment he said. ‘I just want to thank you for everything in those formative years. Thank you so much. It means a lot to me that’s you’re here tonight, you were truly a wonderful teacher’ (Mrs Vernon pictured on the big screen as Harry spoke to her) 

Harry asked Mrs Vernon from the stage: ‘How are you? I heard you’re retiring,’ as she beamed on the big screens. 

In a touching moment he then said. ‘I just want to thank you for everything in those formative years. Thank you so much. 

‘It means a lot to me that’s you’re here tonight, you were truly a wonderful teacher. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and it means a lot that you’re here and I’m dedicating this next song to you.’ 

Funny: Harry later couldn't help but quip to the audience: 'Can you imagine dealing with me when I was 4?' to huge laughter

Funny: Harry later couldn’t help but quip to the audience: ‘Can you imagine dealing with me when I was 4?’ to huge laughter

He led the crowd in a huge cheer for Mrs Vernon. 

But before launching into Canyon Moon, he couldn’t help but quip to the audience: ‘Can you imagine dealing with me when I was 4?’ to huge laughter. 

Canyon Moon was indeed a fitting tune to dedicate to Mrs Vernon as it refers to happy times in school days. 

It contains the lyrics ‘I’m going, oh, I’m going home.’ 

Exciting: Harry, wearing a blue and red top with a sequin-festooned red cherry badge, played a blistering hour-and-a-half set under blue skies at the Emirates Old Trafford Stadium to a sold out, capacity 74,000 strong crowd

Exciting: Harry, wearing a blue and red top with a sequin-festooned red cherry badge, played a blistering hour-and-a-half set under blue skies at the Emirates Old Trafford Stadium to a sold out, capacity 74,000 strong crowd

Iconic: The special moment with Mrs Vernon came as part of a hugely emotional homecoming show for Harry and for his fans

Iconic: The special moment with Mrs Vernon came as part of a hugely emotional homecoming show for Harry and for his fans

The special moment with Mrs Vernon came as part of a hugely emotional homecoming show for Harry and for his fans. 

He said: ‘This is an absolute pleasure to be here at my home show, I cannot begin to tell you how much it means to me to play here tonight and all of you for coming.’ 

He told the crowds that his family and friends from his home town were all in the crowds. 

He added: ‘Some of the happiest times of my entire life have been making these last couple of albums, and some of the happiest times of my life have been right around the corner from here. So it feels pretty perfect to me playing these songs to you here tonight.’ 

Harry, wearing a blue and red top with a sequin-festooned red cherry badge, played a blistering hour-and-a-half set under blue skies at the Emirates Old Trafford Stadium to a sold out, capacity 74,000 strong crowd. 

He will return again for a second night on Thursday, with the weather set to be even warmer for night two. 

Fans headed out in their most glamorous attire for the show, many donning the now signature brightly coloured feather boa for the gig, as Harry himself customarily does at the end of the show. 

He played a host of his fan favourites and biggest hits including Golden, Matilda, As it Was, Sign of the Times, Watermelon Sugar and Kiwi. 

In demand: Harry has been busy touring with various dates across the UK in recent weeks (pictured at Capital's Summertime Ball at Wembley last weekend)

In demand: Harry has been busy touring with various dates across the UK in recent weeks (pictured at Capital’s Summertime Ball at Wembley last weekend) 

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