Pa­tient fans wait hours to see their TV favourite

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Tricia Jamieson

Fans of TV pre­sen­ter Sa­man­tha Faiers queued for up to five hours to meet her on Satur­day.

The star of The Only Way Is Es­sex (TOWIE) was greeted by a crowd of more than 100 at the Ash­ford De­signer Out­let.

They clapped, cheered and took pho­tos on their mo­bile phones when she ar­rived at The Fra­grance Shop.

Sa­man­tha was 45 min­utes late, having got caught in traf­fic at the Dart­ford cross­ing.

But that did not de­ter the crowd, which steadily grew as the time got nearer for her ap­pear­ance. Some had brought their own chairs while oth­ers sat on the ground.

Sa­man­tha was at the shop to pro­mote her new per­fume, La Bella. She signed au­to­graphs and boxes of the scent and chat­ted to fans.

She said: “Pro­mot­ing the per­fume has been re­ally good fun.

“I en­joy meet­ing the public. It gives me the chance to get some feed­back on the per­fume, which has all been good so far.”

She said she had been in­volved in the pro­duc­tion of La Bella for the last 18 months.

“I had a say in the scent, the bot­tle and the de­sign,” she said. “I was there for ev­ery­thing. I had an idea of what I wanted it to be like, and it is just what I wanted.”

Sa­man­tha, who also ap­peared on Celebrity Big Brother, has just had a

hol­i­day in Ibiza with her on-off part­ner and fel­low TOWIE mem­ber Joey Es­sex and friends.

She has also been in Dublin pro­mot­ing her range of lin­gerie for the Ann Sum­mers chain.

Of her future plans, she said: “I have a big fash­ion project com­ing up in Septem­ber but can’t say too much about it. “That will keep me busy un­til the end of the year.” Wear­ing a cream sleeve­less dress and bright or­ange shoes, it was her only Fra­grance Shop ap­pear­ance in the south of the UK.

She has done five oth­ers and this was her fi­nal one un­til a box set of La Bella is re­leased at Christ­mas. Daniel Thomp­son, from The Fra­grance Shop, said La Bella was the firm’s best seller. The per­fume sells for £24.50 for a 100ml bot­tle. Also at the shop on Satur­day were rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Rays of Sun­shine, which helps chil­dren with se­ri­ous or life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses and is The Fra

grance Shop’s char­ity for the year.

Lis­ten­ers of our ra­dio sta­tion kmfm have the chance to win a bot­tle of La Bella. Go to www. kmfm.co.uk for de­tails.

Pic­tures: Paul Amos FM3353750

Crowds wait to see Sa­man­tha

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM3353743

Towie star Sa­man­tha Faiers launches her per­fume

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Having queued since 10am, Ellen Hills and Am­ber Mose­ley were the first to meet Sa­man­tha

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