HUNDREDS of fans waited in line for the chance to be part of TV and film star Keith Lemon’s big homecoming.
The Celebrity Juice presenter was in his home city of Leeds to promote his new book Being Keith, fresh off the back of starring in his own film earlier this year.
An eager queue stretched down Albion Street as they waited for the chance to meet the Leeds-born funnyman, who was signing copies of his book at Waterstones.
And it wasn’t just books that Keith left his mark on, after he cheekily agreed to sign one female fan’s cleavage and a 12-year-old child’s leg, which was in a plaster cast.
Delighted members of the crowd were quick to tell the YEP how much they’d enjoyed meeting their hero.
Michelle Naufahu, 39, who was out shopping in Leeds city centre, bought three copies of the new book.
She said: “He told me that he loved my hair and I joked that if he signed all three copies of the book, I’d put them on eBay!”
Adam Franklin, 21, who lives in the city centre, had picked up a copy of the book as a present for his girlfriend.
He said: “I waited for about 40 minutes but it was worth it, my girlfriend will be really chuffed. I just think he’s really funny and he has the same sense of humour as me.”
The new book tells the story of the last five years of Keith’s life, including his hugely successful stint fronting Celebrity Juice, his travels around the world and a series of photos and illustrations.
Friends Codi Stead, 18 and Jamie-Lee Robinson, 19 waited for around an hour to see Keith yesterday.
Jamie-Lee said: “He’s just so funny and I love his show.”
Sgt Steve Wallace, 31, who works at the Army Careers Office in the city centre said: “He’s my sort of humour and I wanted to meet him as it’s probably something I’ll only get to do once.”
Keith is the creation of Leeds comic Leigh Francis, who first became popular in the series Bo Selecta! playing celebrity stalker Avid Merrion and doing impersonations of celebrities like Michael Jackson.
The character then re-appeared in his own spin-off series on ITV2, entitled Keith Lemon’s Very Brilliant World Tour.