Freddie Flintoff causes excitement in the aisles at Barnstaple supermarket

CRICKET legend Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff caused excitement in the aisles when he popped in for a few groceries in a Barnstaple supermarket on Saturday afternoon.

The former England man was pictured in the Rose Lane Tesco store with fan Gail Bray, who told the Gazette that the star's visit caused 'quite a stir'.

"A lot of people were not 100 per cent sure if it was him or not," said Gail, a business consultant for Salon Supplies and also a partner-owner of Barnstaple High Street shop Funky Divas.

Gail said she was also unsure at first but leapt at the chance for a photo with Flintoff once she realised it was him.

"A few Tesco staff had their photos taken also. He was very happy to pose for a few but you could tell the poor guy was trying to get out of the store."

It is thought that the 2005 Ashes hero was in the area visiting family.

It's not the first time that he has been spotted in North Devon in recent years. In December 2011, local footballer and cricket fan Keith Shapland had his picture taken with Flintoff outside the amusements in Westward Ho!