JACKSON-mania hit Appledore earlier today (Wednesday) as North Devon's newest celebrity family sampled their first taste of Devon life. Fans, from Barnstaple, Torrington and Bovey Tracey mingled with local and national press photographers and film crews w

JACKSON-mania hit Appledore earlier today (Wednesday) as North Devon's newest celebrity family sampled their first taste of Devon life.Fans, from Barnstaple, Torrington and Bovey Tracey mingled with local and national press photographers and film crews who were on hand to capture the family's first public outing since arriving in the region late last night.Jackson Five legends, brothers Jackie and Tito, were joined by their mother Katherine, Tito's son Taj, Jackie's son Siggy, Tito's girlfriend Claudia Lynx, cousin Trent Jackson and relation Janice Jackson.Jermaine and wife Halima Rashid are expected to arrive within days, while more family members are also understood to be heading for North Devon during the next three weeks.The day almost started for Jackie and son Siggy - aka rapper DealZ - with an early morning surf at Westward Ho! to wash away the jet lag of a 10-hour flight from LA. But due to the lack of waves, the pair decided to take a brief midday stroll along Appledore Quay and do what the locals do - head straight for a Hockings ice cream!The pair re-emerged with other family members later this afternoon and dodged heavy rain showers by popping into the Quay restaurant and coffee shop before heading into Barnstaple to sign documents for their rented Appledore home with agent North Devon Holiday Homes.The family will be making a number of appearances in the region during the next few days. For a full story and pictures, see Wednesday's North Devon Gazette.