SLIDESHOW: X Factor star Paul returns home

Lancaster’s very own soul man returned home to cheering crowds, TV cameras...and a cake!

Paul Akister was guest of honour at a private homecoming party at The Study Room bar in the city centre filmed for X Factor spin-off show The Xtra Factor.

Paul with Louise Welfare from Emma's Tea Parties Ltd who supplied the cake, dad Dave, mum Bev and sister Charlotte.

Paul with Louise Welfare from Emma's Tea Parties Ltd who supplied the cake, dad Dave, mum Bev and sister Charlotte.

The singing sensation was also given a chocolate fudge cake as a gift by local firm Emma’s Tea Parties Ltd.

Earlier, the 25-year-old allowed our cameras into his home in Bowerham for an exclusive photo shoot.

Photos from The Study Room party are by Louise Welfare and Abi Dakin.

Photos from Paul’s home are by David Hurst.