TV funny man Keith Lemon sent Liverpool into near-pandemonium when he made an appearance at Waterstone's on Bold Street.
The comedy character, a fictional presenter played by Leeds-born Leigh Francis, was signing copies of his new book ‘The Rules: 69 Ways to be Successful’ at the city centre book shop. Every copy was sold out in all city centre book shops, as fans were eager for the chance to meet the ‘Celebrity Juice’ host.
Hundreds of devoted fans braved the cold and lined the street waiting for hours to meet the uber-confident self-styled womaniser. To the delight of the waiting crowd, Lemon made an appearance at the upstairs window of Waterstone's waving to his fans and taking pictures of the huge queue on his 'Jedward' customised mobile phone.
Some fans had been queuing since 8am that morning to be one of the first to meet their outrageous hero face-to-face at the lunchtime book signing.
“I just love him so much, I’d wait for three days to meet him, so 8am seemed nothing to me,” said Michelle, 17. “I just hope he thinks I’m bang tidy, I think he is.”
Raymond Lee, 21, from Waterloo said: “I’ve been everywhere to try and find a copy of his book. I’ve been to Waterstone's, WH Smith and HMV. In the end I had to run up to WH Smith in Lime Street where I finally got a copy. I didn’t want to miss my chance to meet Keith, I think he's hilarious!”
Staff at Waterstone's had to start turning people away from the queue as it began to take over the busy city centre street. One said: “I didn’t expect this amount of people to come today to see Keith. I’ve not seen a queue like this since Russell Brand and The Wanted came to sign their books. I just hope he has the time to sign mine.”
Lemon spent well over two hours signing his new book which he says will “guide you through the rules of attraction, chat-up lines, first dates and relationships, Lemon-style.” The lothario greeted all his fans with his signature laugh and some of his trademark cheeky comments.
Keith tweeted after the signing: “Thanks to everyone in Liverpool who came to Waterstone's for the book signing. Very kind, lovely people.” He even tweeted Sugababe and Scouser Heidi Range to say her hometown was full of “lovely, lovely people”.
By Camilla Cole, Entertainment Editor
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