Wes­ley is Ed-ringer for music su­per­star

Rochdale Observer - - FRONT PAGE - KATIE FITZ­PATRICK katie.fitz­patrick@men-news.co.uk @Show­bizKatieMEN

AN Asda shelf stacker wowed pre­sen­ter Phillip Schofield when he ap­peared on This Morn­ing to dis­cuss his re­sem­blance to singing su­per­star Ed Sheeran.

Phillip was stunned by Wes­ley Byrne’s “un­canny” like­ness to the Grammy Award win­ning singer - and urged Ed’s team to get in touch with the lad.

Wes­ley, from Shaw, says he’s mobbed in Asda for look­ing like the chart-top­ping su­per­star and has been asked for pho­tos while out in Manch­ester.

An amazed Phillip, who is also from Old­ham, said: “You’re un­canny, you re­ally are.

“Surely Ed’s team must be watch­ing. A pic­ture of you and Ed would be in­cred­i­ble.”

Wes­ley ex­plained: “It started when I was on a night out and this ran­dom guy was adamant that I was him.

“He asked me to sing some­thing and I had to show him my pass­port to prove I wasn’t him.

“I didn’t find out who he was un­til a friend at col­lege said ‘Google Ed Sheeran, you look ex­actly like him.’

“It hap­pens ev­ery time I’m at work, if I’m out with friends or just shop- ping. I’ve been told to stop tak­ing self­ies at work be­cause peo­ple are com­ing up to me while I’m work­ing.

“Some of the smaller kids I don’t have the heart to tell them I’m not Ed so I say ‘yep, the music didn’t work out.’”

Asked if he would con­sider be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional Ed look-alike he said: “I’ve thought about it I have no idea how to.”

But Phillip and co­host Holly Wil­loughby be­lieve he’ll now be in­un­dated with re­quests.

Wes­ley, who ap­peared on the This Morn­ing couch with his mum, was sent out in Lon­don by This Morn­ing to per­form along to Ed’s mega hit Shape Of You in or­der to fool passers-by into think­ing that he was the real deal.

One Ed fan who stopped to watch gasped: “It’s got to be you, it’s got to be you.”

Wes­ley, who has tick­ets to see Ed in con­cert at the Eti­had sta­dium in May, says he is reg­u­larly stopped in the street and at work by peo­ple re­quest­ing self­ies and au­to­graphs.

●●Wes­ley Byrne says he is mobbed at work for look­ing like singing su­per­star Ed Sheeran (in­set)

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