Heaven knows what Morrissey was doing back in Harrogate…
Last updated Apr 17, 2024
What was Morrissey doing on Cut Throat Lane?

Morrissey, the elusive former frontman of The Smiths, has been photographed in suitably mysterious circumstances in a tiny hamlet between Ripon and Harrogate.

The 64-year-old, who is known for his enigmatic persona, posed with his arms folded in front of street signs and a dry stone wall on Cut Throat Lane in Shaw Mills.

Why he happened to be in Shaw Mills, which is six miles from Harrogate, is not known.

London photographer Andrew Quinn shared the image on his Instagram page yesterday.

The Stray Ferret asked Mr Quinn for permission to show the photo in our article, but he politely declined, saying:

“[Morrissey] is quite a private person and I don’t think he’d be comfortable with that.”

Mr Quinn has since made his Instagram account private, but not before the picture was shared on a Morrissey fan page. Fans commented that the “maverick” star looked “healthy”.

The Stray Ferret received reports of Morrissey being seen leaving the Fat Badger pub in Harrogate at the end of March but no pictures emerged.

Yesterday, we showed James Bond star Pierce Brosnan enjoying a drink in the Fat Badger.

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Morrissey is becoming a bit of a Harrogate regular.

Last year he was spotted enjoying a pint in the Harrogate Arms by Chris Russell, who runs Zombie Clothing in Knaresborough.

Chris sent us this photo, which to add to the Mozzer intrigue was taken at about the same time of year as the latest one.

Morrissey with Chris Russell in the Harrogate Arms

The Smiths rose to rock fame in the 1980s and went on to win the NME Award for Best Band and Best Single, and had the number one album, Meat is Murder, in 1985.

The group split in 1987, after which Morrissey launched his solo career.

Send us your photos and selfies if you bump into any celebrities in Harrogate district. Email [email protected].

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