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SE­CU­RITY has been tight on Hamil­ton Is­land this week, with su­per­star Tay­lor Swift re­port­edly ar­riv­ing on her pri­vate jet on Tues­day morn­ing.

Ar­riv­ing via ferry at 7am on Wed­nes­day, Whit­sun­day Times and Whit­sun­day Coast Guardian jour­nal­ist Rory Sheav­ils was stopped on the docks by gen­eral man­ager cor­po­rate ser­vices Gavin Her­holdt and a PR rep­re­sen­ta­tive who or­dered him to re­turn to the main­land.

“It’s a pri­vate is­land and we re­serve the right to grant ac­cess to en­sure the pri­vacy of our guests,” Mr Her­holdt said.

Back on the ferry, Bren­dan Ryan, who had been work­ing on neigh­bour­ing Dent Is­land, said he had been stay­ing on Hamil­ton since Mon­day.

“Nah, I only heard about it on the news,” he said when asked if he had seen the elu­sive celebrity.

He did have some insight into the pop singer’s move­ments how­ever.

“I was talk­ing to one of the head guys or­gan­is­ing (her party),” he said. “It’s sup­posed to be on Fri­day.”

Res­i­dents of the is­land were even more tightlipped, cur­rently un­der a “pri­vacy agree­ment”.

“I haven’t seen her but I couldn’t tell you if I had,” one said.

Swift ap­pears to be keep­ing a low pro­file, with a num­ber of guests re­port­ing they hadn’t seen her or her en­tourage dur­ing their stay – al­though the UK press has pub­lished im­ages of “Tay Tay” and her en­tourage on White­haven Beach and re­lax­ing on a bal­cony at qualia.

The star is ru­moured to be stay­ing in the same suite at the lux­ury re­sort for­merly oc­cu­pied by Oprah Win­frey, who is also in the coun­try and could make an ap­pear­ance at Swift’s 26th birth­day bash this week.

Other A-list celebri­ties ru­moured to be fly­ing in are the birth­day girl’s boyfriend, DJ Calvin Har­ris, mu­si­cians Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, ac­tress Se­lena Gomez and fash­ion mod­els Karli Kloss and Gigi Ha­did.

Other Hamil­ton Is­land employees on the re­turn ferry re­fused to speak due to the me­dia black­out.

SHAK­ING IT UP: Tay­lor Swift and her fa­mous friends have de­scended on Hamo. Photo Con­trib­uted

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