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Video/gallery: Crowds go wild as TOWIE star Joey Essex signs copies of his calendar at Buttermarket shopping centre, Ipswich

10:26 30 October 2014

Joey Essex meeting fans at The Buttermarket, Ipswich

Joey Essex meeting fans at The Buttermarket, Ipswich

Reality TV star Joey Essex was in Ipswich this afternoon signing copies of his new calendar.

Screaming fans packed into Ipswich’s Buttermarket shopping centre today so they could meet reality TV star Joey Essex.

The 24-year-old spent more than four hours tucked away in an empty shop unit as people thronged the concourse outside waiting for him to sign a copy of his latest calendar.

Essex, who became famous after appearing in ITV2’s The Only Way is Essex, also took the time to chat to fans and pose for photos.

Some people had apparently been waiting since early morning to see the star, according to Buttermarket staff.

Talk like Joey Essex

The TOWIE star has become famous for his unique use of language. If you really want to talk like him, here’s a quick guide.

Reem (adj.): Cool, e.g. “That jacket is reem.”

Shaaat uup (vb.): Be quiet, e.g. “Shaaat uup.”

Sick (adj.): Brilliant, e.g. “I’ve just found a sick new nightclub.”

Well jel (adj.): Jealous, e.g. “I am well jel of that lad’s car.”

Confrontate (vb.): Confront, e.g. “You don’t want to confrontate him.”

Capri Sun (adj.): Horrible person, e.g. “You’re just a Capri Sun.”

Salty potato (adj.): Good-looking person, e.g. “Did you see that salty potato in the bar last night?”

His latest TV outing sees him travel the world in Educating Joey Essex, where he learns about subjects as varied as football, Halloween and Africa.

While waiting outside the store fans desperate for a glimpse of their idol stood on tiptoes and lifted friends up to try and take photos on their phones.

Elaine Landymore tookt her daughter Amy, aged 10, to see Essex for her birthday.

She said the queues were so long they still hadn’t got in by 2.15pm – despite joining the line at 10.45am.

But her daughter was still thrilled to be there after not seeing Essex during a visit to his Brentwood shop Fusey.

Seven-year-old Freddie Turpin, queuing with his mum Amber and wearing a top with Essex’s face on, had also been to the star’s shop.

“I went there but didn’t see him,” he said. “I did see his aunty though and I got this T-shirt.”

Karen Whitehead had also spent several hours queuing but even at 2.30pm was still excited about seeing Essex.

“I can’t wait, I love him. I’m going nowhere until I see him,” she said.

“I watch Educating Joey Essex, I think it’s awesome, but I don’t like TOWIE.”

Asked whether Essex’s dippy on-screen persona was genuine (he has previously said he can’t tell the time), she added: “Some of it may be an act but I think that is him and everyone loves him for what he is.”

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16 comments

  • so this so called "loser" is stupid? well I'm guessing he's a millionaire by now, or well on the way to being one, and just larks around for a living. While those that mock him have to work in mundane jobs for a lot less money than he gets. So is he really stupid?

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    john

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • Our local papers have been made aware through these comments that their serious readers (i.e. those who make the effort to comment) are very negative about this. So two questions arise: (1) WHY did they print this story instead of something more positive about real local achievers? (2) Why does a newspaper which professes to help educate our schoolchildren print a guide to a thick person's personal slang?

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    Johnthebap

    Thursday, October 30, 2014

  • Very sad that these kids idolise someone who is so thick that he didn't know what country Danish bacon comes from.

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    David I

    Thursday, October 30, 2014

  • There is an old saying "fools and money are easily parted" ....and punctuation, spelling and grammar are irrelevant when discussing someone who uses made up words like "reem". Ream is a word (a ream of paper) “Reem” in reference to something being “cool” is not. At least “cool” is an ACTUAL word in the dictionary!!

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    Sentinel Red

    Thursday, October 30, 2014

  • Brilliant kingybo. Time to check your punctuation perhaps?

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    Robotix

    Thursday, October 30, 2014

  • Brilliant Tom, complaining how (hiw) thick Joey is, and you cannot take the time to check your spelling...who's the thick one now. HAHAHAHAHA

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    kingybo

    Thursday, October 30, 2014

  • It is deeply concerning that teenagers growing up today don't take as the idols and role models people who work hard, or who do things to benefit society such as doctors and nurses or people trying to find a cure for cancer. No. They flock to worship and want to try to emulate morons who proudly boast hiw thick they are, how ignorant of the world and that all that matters is vanity and material success. Why give this non entity any coverage at all?

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    Tom

    Thursday, October 30, 2014

  • Such a nobody loser.

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    Ipswich Man

    Thursday, October 30, 2014

  • I occasionally wish I was a teenager again. And then items like this remind me that I'm glad I'm not...

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    Robotix

    Thursday, October 30, 2014

  • The massive decline in our society is obvious from the fact that long queues form to see someone who seems proud to be stupid. Society now seems to value being thick, big boobs, bad behaviour, drinking to the point of illness and many other matters which make me think of the decline of great societies in the past.

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    Johnthebap

    Thursday, October 30, 2014

  • Simple is as simple does.

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    redhotitfc

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

  • Why is this illiterate waste of space getting free publicity on here? There are after all, lots of real local heroes who do great work for local causes who make a difference. I have no idea how this lad's misuse of the English language can benefit society.

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    Steve Blake

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

  • He had plenty of empty shop units to choose from......

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    StarReader

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

  • probably spent 3 hours looking for some butter and a market.

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    You What

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

  • waste of space

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    You What

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

  • mmm

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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