Shop owners tell of celebrity shopper

Catherine Zeta-Jones arrives at the "Rock of Ages" premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Friday June 8, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Catherine Zeta-Jones arrives at the "Rock of Ages" premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Friday June 8, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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Local shop owners have spoken of their shock as Hollywood actress Catherine Zeta-Jones popped in to grab a bargain earlier this week.

The Welsh born star, who is more used to the Hollywood Hills than the North York Moors and Whitby’s cobbled streets, was spotted shopping in various places across the town yesterday while taking a break from filming the new Dad’s Army blockbuster.

It is set at various locations up and down the Yorkshire coast.

The Chicago star was eyeing up a £10 canvas of Audrey Hepburn from Home Works on Bridge Street- although she quickly left the shop empty-handed when snapped by a photographer.

The shop assistant called Jackie, who served the star, said: “She didn’t buy the picture in the end. She gave me the canvas to wrap but there was a photographer snapping her in the store so she dropped it and walk out.

“She was in and out again like a flash. I only saw her for a few seconds, she seemed friendly enough just not wanting to stop and chat which I can

understand.”

The star, who is married to Michael Douglas, then climbed into a black car which was waiting outside and she was then driven away by security guards.

She had also been in vintage clothing store Owl and Pussycat on old Church Street where she bought a cheap blouse after browsing the sale rails.

Store owner Kaisu Muttonen said: “She didn’t really stop and chat, just had a covert look round the shop. She had a bit of a mooch for five minutes or so before settling on a £10 fuschia pink vintage blouse, saying ‘I’m going to buy this - I just really love the colour’. She seemed lovely - very nice lady and a very polite shopper.”

The actress had also popped into Venus Trading Company on Sandgate where she bought another “cheap” top - but insisted staff kept the change.

A shop assistant said: “She was lovely. She bought the blouse from our vintage range. It was white with red cherries on and she was saying how pretty she

thought it was. She also told us to keep the change.”

The film is set to feature the locations of Ravenscar, Cloughton and Bridlington and also stars Michael Gambon and Bill Nighy who was holidaying in and around Whitby last year.