A large crowd of adoring queued for almost two hours at Priory Meadow on Saturday (November 1) to welcome former glamour model Katie Price who was in Hastings to sign copies of her latest novel, Make My Wish Come True.
Fans travelled from as far afield as Manchester to see Katie, whose book signing was staged in conjunction with WHSmith in an empty shop in Priory Meadow, courtesy of the centre’s management.
Around a hundred adoring fans cheered as Ms Price, dressed in a black mini skirt, thigh high boots and black fur gilet, made her entrance, stopping to pose provocatively for the cameras prior to the book signing.
Speaking to the Observer, Katie said Make My Wish Come True, her tenth novel, although a frictional story based on a journalist, Storm, the content has a rich mix which is not too dissimilar to her own life. She said: “There’s betrayal, there’s love, there’s sex, dramas, you name it that’s all in the book!”
Recently it had been announced that Ms Price was in the process of filming her tenth reality TV series, which documents her life as it happens but she declined to talk about it at this time.
Though often hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons, mum of five Katie, who is reported to be worth a staggering £40m has become a successful business woman and is patron of Vision Charity, which supports blind and visually impaired children, a role inspired by caring for her disabled son Harvey. And her fans spoke highly of her achievements.
Rachna Bhagani, who travelled to Hastings from Manchester to see the former page three model, said Katie is an “inspiration”, adding: “I’m a big supporter; when women were struggling to make a name for themselves, Katie was doing it.” A fan from St Leonards said: “I’m a fan of her charity work and I’m a fan of her as a business woman. She’s turned some industries on their head, like the equestrian equipment business, and it’s really nice to have her in Hastings.”
WHSmith manager Robert Preddy said: “We sold over a hundred copies of Katie’s book in the days leading up to the signing. “It was a great success and we are hoping to do more book signings in the future.”