Fans of former model Katie Price braved the blustery weather and queued to meet their idol at a book-signing in Kettering.
Katie, 35, was in town on Sunday (October 27) to sign copies of her new autobiography Love, Lies and Lipstick at Waterstones store in High Street.
She arrived from a book-signing in Luton about 30 minutes late but apologised to everyone for the hold-up.
The reality TV star said: “I’m sorry I’m late. Don’t blame me, blame the M1.”
Hundreds of people queued up at the town centre store, some of them waiting for hours to chat to Katie who recently gave birth to her fourth child.
First in the queue was Keri Price, 26, from Brynmawr in south Wales who travelled to Kettering the day before, stayed overnight in a hotel and waited patiently outside the shop from 8.45am.
She said: “I’m a big fan and I’ve tried to go to book-signings in the past but something’s always cropped up to stop me.
“I’ve read all her books. I’m nervous but really excited.”
Next in the queue were Nicola and Jenny Toyne, who travelled to Kettering from Peterborough, and waited in the queue from 10.30am.
Nicola said: “I really admire Katie. She’s down to earth and doesn’t pretend to be something she’s not.”
Sabrina Massimo, 20, of Kettering, and her sister Marina, 22, clutched copies of the new book as they waited for Katie to arrive.
Sabrina said: “I really like her. Fame hasn’t gone to her head.”
Marina added: “I think she’s a great mum and she looks terrific for someone who has had four children. She’s a great family person. We chatted to her and she apologised for being late and was really nice.”
Katie said the new book, her fifth autobiography, brought readers up to date with events in her life and gave her the opportunity to get back at ex-partners who had written about her in the intervening years.
Julie Kendrick, events co-ordinator at the Kettering book shop, said staff were delighted to welcome Katie back to the store.
She said: “People queued for hours to see her and there was a great atmosphere. We were all happy to see Katie.”