Hundreds of fans will meet X Factor winner Joe McElderry in his home town.

The singer will celebrate the release of his debut single The Climb with a signing session at the HMV store on King Street in South Shields, south Tyneside.

CDs of the single, which has been available to download since Monday, are on sale from today.

The CD will also feature two bonus tracks, Somebody To Love and Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.

X Factor winners are usually certain to get the Christmas No 1 single, but Joe faces competition after a campaign to halt the talent show’s chart domination urged supporters to buy Rage Against The Machine’s 1992 track Killing In The Name instead.

Five-hundred free wristbands will be handed out at the South Shields store from 8am onwards.

The 18-year-old will meet fans and sign copies of his single.

Joe took this year’s X Factor title after winning almost two thirds of the 10 million votes cast.

More than 19 million people watched him beat rival Olly Murs in the final on Sunday night.