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George Clooney sets Edinburgh hearts all a-flutter

By Karrie Gillett

George Clooney has swapped the glitz and glamour of Hollywood for a humble sandwich shop which helps the homeless.

Rather than the red carpet, he walked the cobbles of Edinburgh's Rose Street to visit a Social Bite cafe, where he met staff who were once homeless but now have jobs in the chain of shops which donates all its profits to charity.

He took time to greet some of those who had waited for hours in the cold - chatting to fans and posing for selfies.

He told a media scrum outside the cafe: "I like what they're doing, I think it's a very important cause. I think the idea that we can all participate in everyone's difficulties is really important."

The movie star described Edinburgh as "beautiful" and said he felt bad for the crowd who had been waiting for him because "they're standing out in the cold".

During his visit he handed over a £5 note for the cafe's suspended coffee programme, where customers can pay for a hot drink or meal for a homeless person. But before he left, he also made a $1,000 (£650) donation to the shop's till.

Clooney's visit came after he accepted an invitation from Josh Littlejohn, co-founder of Social Bite. Mr Littlejohn said: "George is an incredible guy, someone who has achieved real global fame but thinks nothing of visiting a local sandwich shop to chat to the workers and discuss the issue of homelessness."

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