By SARAH FITZMAURICE
Harry Smiles: The boys seemed to enjoy the attention they received as they arrived at Heathrow and Harry Styles smiled for the cameras
This time last year the boys from One Direction were dreaming of stardom, filling in their X Factor application forms and probably lacking in attention from the ladies.
But now after being out of the country for a week their loyal fans made sure the boys knew just how much they had been missed, and the crowds were so big the boys were escorted home by police.
And as Harry, Zayn, Louis, Liam and Niall arrived at Heathrow arrived back in the U.K. they were met by hundreds of screaming fans who had made their way to the airport to give the boys a warm reception as they arrived home.
Can you believe it? Louis and Liam seemed to enjoy the attention from the eager fans
Female members of airport staff were quick to take the hands of the boys and eagerly escorted them to the police van.
The boys were casually dressed in hoodies and a mixture of jumpers and jeans for the flight home.
But although they had just jetted in from a long-haul flight their admirers thought they were looking as hunky as ever and eagerly scrambled for a picture.
Police escort: Officers escorted the boys to a police fan and they were driven away leaving hundreds of screaming girls behind
Frantic fanatics: Hundreds of screaming fans had to by held back by the airport staff as One Direction arrived back in in the U.K. from L.A.
The boys seemed overwhelmed by the presence of fans and posting on the Official Twitter page 18-year-old said: ‘What a way to be greeted back to the UK how we've missed you :) love you all - Louis x
The crowd was so strong in number that police were present and the boys were pushed into a van and driven away leaving hysterical girls in their wake.
The X Factor stars had been living it up in L.A. for the past week lapping up the good weather and working on their debut album.
The boys weren’t the only famous faces at the airport in Britain but were definitely the most popular.
Veteran boybander Ronan Keating was also arriving at Heathrow on the same flight as the boys.
He tweeted: ‘Just landed at heathrow and when I walked out there were hundreds of screaming Fans Sadly not for me HaHa. One direction were on flight. X’
Waiting for the boys: Screaming girl fans couldn't wait for the boys to arrive and their was so many police had to escort the boys from the airport
Last photo: As the boys piled into the police van fans surged forward to get the last shot of the boyband
But while Ronan was not met with the same reception he was enjoying the perks of being in the business a little longer and revealed that while he was on the same flight as One Direction he was seated in first.
He said: ‘At least label not spoiling @onedirection yet. As they were not in first. Keep there feet on the Ground. Ha ha. As for me. ?’
Police help: As the van drove away officers flanked the police van allowing the boys to get home
One Direction at Heathrow Airport arriving from L.A :)
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