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Terry Wogan, Ronnie O'Sullivan and Katie Price among the stars to visit Bluewater Shopping Centre

By Lynn Cox

Many a famous faces have visited Bluewater over the past 20 years.

Some have been at stores promoting their books while others have been raising awareness of a particular issue.

Others have just been snapped enjoying the shops the centre has to offer.

Rochelle Humes

Rochelle Humes
Rochelle Humes

Former The Saturdays singer and TV presenter was at Waterstones in February.

The Ninja Warrior UK presenter, who is married to JLS star Marvin Humes, was there to promote her debut children’s book, The Mega Magic Hair Swap.

Spice Girl Mel B

Mel B. Picture: Eva Rinaldi
Mel B. Picture: Eva Rinaldi

The Wannabe, 2 Become 1 and Spice Up Your Life singer was at Waterstones in November last year.

The mother-of-three met people as she signed copies of her book, Brutally Honest.

Ronnie O'Sullivan

Five-time snooker world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan delighted fans young and old when he popped along.

The top sportsman was at the WHSmith store signing copies of his newest book, Soho Nights thriller, The Break in December.

Romesh Ranganathan

Comedian Romesh Ranganathan
Comedian Romesh Ranganathan

The comedian and TV presenter visited Waterstones in October last year.

Bluewater Waterstones was delighted to welcome the comedian and TV presenter who was at the store to meet fans and sign copies of his book, Straight Outta Crawley.

Ant Middleton

Ant Middleton
Ant Middleton

The former SAS member and TV presenter was at Waterstones in June last year.

He met fans and signed copies of his book, First Man In.

Carl Fogarty

Carl Fogarty
Carl Fogarty

World Superbike star, Carl, visited in March last year to meet fans and promote his book, The World According to Foggy.

His book was released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Superbike World Championship and he won ITV's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! in 2014.

Jenson Button

Jenson Button. Picture: Andy Payton
Jenson Button. Picture: Andy Payton

The Formula 1 superstar rode into Bluewater in October 2017 to sign copies of his autobiography and meet fans.

The book, Life to the Limit, gives the full story of his 17 years in Formula 1.

The star was also there in 2010 when the complex hosted Button's homecoming after he won the F1 title.

The newly-crowned Formula 1 racing champ roared into Bluewater as its roads were transformed into a temporary race circuit so he could take a Mercedes SL AMG for a spin.

Hundreds of people lined up along the streets and lined up along Bluewater to greet their championship hero.

Scarlett Moffatt

Gogglebox star Scarlett Moffatt
Gogglebox star Scarlett Moffatt

She's had a meteoric rise from appearing on Channel 4’s Gogglebox with her family to presenting prime time Saturday night TV with Ant and Dec and winning I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!

She became popular for her witty one-liners and visited Bluewater in October 2017 to sign copies of her book Me Life Story: Sofa So Good!

Jess and Dom

Love Island's Jess and Dom
Love Island's Jess and Dom

The stars of ITV2’s hit programme, Love Island, posed for photos and gave away autographs for 350 guests.

They were runners up of the 2017 series, and Jessica Shears and Dom Lever, showed off their new found fame at Bluewater’s store, Missguided.

Marnie Simpson

TV star Marnie Simpson was at Waterstones in 2017
TV star Marnie Simpson was at Waterstones in 2017

Reality TV star Marnie signed copies of her book Stripped Bare at Waterstones in June 2018.

The Geordie Shore star visited Waterstones and meet fans and sign copies of her book, Stripped Bare.

Tom Daley

Olympic diver and TV presenter Tom Daley
Olympic diver and TV presenter Tom Daley

Olympic diver and TV presenter Tom signed copies of his book, Tom's Daily Plan, at Waterstones in January 2017.

However, it was not the first time he appeared there, the bronze medallist also visited in August 2012 when hundreds of people had to be turned away from the venue due to the huge demand to meet him.

Nadiya Hussain

Bake Off's Nadiya Hussain was there to promote her book
Bake Off's Nadiya Hussain was there to promote her book

Great British Bake Off's Nadiya Hussain visited Bluewater in September 2016 to promote Nadiya's Bake Me A Story book.

The book is a combination of storybook and cookbook, with all recipes and stories devised and written by the popular baker.

Andrew 'Beef' Johnston

Andrew 'Beef' Johnston
Andrew 'Beef' Johnston

The Spanish Open champion was guest of honour on the opening day of the London Golf Show which was held at Bluewater in August 2016.

The English professional golfer who plays on the European Tour, has been known affectionately as 'Beef' since his youth, he has carried the nickname into his professional career, and is a popular character amongst the crowds.

Vicky Pattison

Vicky Pattison
Vicky Pattison

Reality TV star Vicky shared her tips on life, love and friendship when she visited in July 2016.

The I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! winner and former Geordie Shore star met fans and signed her book.

Jimmy Bullard

Jimmy Bullard officially opened Football Fest at Bluewater
Jimmy Bullard officially opened Football Fest at Bluewater

Jimmy officially opened Football Fest at Bluewater, in July 2016.

Footballer and TV sensation Jimmy opened the world’s first indoor football theme park at Glow and enjoyed the Foot Darts game.

Tinie Tempah

Tinie Tempah visited Waterstones
Tinie Tempah visited Waterstones

The rapper delighted fans at Bluewater in November when he signed copies of his book.

Fans queued up to meet the singer when he promoted his book, My Story So Far.

Jamie Laing

Jamie Laing at WH Smiths
Jamie Laing at WH Smiths

The Made In Chelsea TV personality came to Bluewater to sign his book.

Jamie is heir to the McVitie’s fortune and his ancestors are credited with creating the jaffa cake, digestive and rich tea biscuit.

Lewis Smith

Louis Smith. Picture: Nick Johnson
Louis Smith. Picture: Nick Johnson

Olympic medallist and Strictly Come Dancing winner Louis Smith was at the shopping centre in July 2013 signing copies of his book.

The gymnast was at WH Smith to promote his book, My Story So Far.

Tulisa Contostavlos

Tulisa Contostavlos met hoards of fans at Bluewater. Picture: Nick Johnson
Tulisa Contostavlos met hoards of fans at Bluewater. Picture: Nick Johnson

The former X-Factor judge met hoards of fans when she held a book signing at Bluewater in September 2012.

The N-Dubz singer, was signing copies of her book Honest at WH Smith.

Jamie Foreman

Actor Jamie Foreman. Picture: Steve Crispe
Actor Jamie Foreman. Picture: Steve Crispe

The actor was at Bluewater in April 2012 for a book signing.

The actor whose credits include Layer Cake, Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist and EastEnders was at WHSmith in April 2012.

James Martin

James Martin was at the launch of BBC's Good Food Spring Show at Bluewater
James Martin was at the launch of BBC's Good Food Spring Show at Bluewater

The celebrity chef opened the BBC Good Food Spring Show in 2012.

James cut the ribbon to officially open the event which featured some of the best food around.

Paul O'Grady

Paul O'Grady. Picture: Steve Crispe
Paul O'Grady. Picture: Steve Crispe

The TV personality, appeared at Bluewater for a book signing in September 2010.

In 2002 Paul suffered a heart attack in London and he now lives on a farm in Aldington, Kent.

Andy Fordham

Darts player Andy Fordham.Picture: Nick Johnson
Darts player Andy Fordham.Picture: Nick Johnson

Darts ace Andy 'The Viking' was at the shopping centre in October 2009.

The Darts champion, who use to own a pub in Dartford, spoke to KentOnline in April 2011 when he revealed his “year of hell” - resulting in him ballooning to 24 stone through comfort eating.

David Walliams

David Walliams.Picture: Nick Johnson
David Walliams.Picture: Nick Johnson

Little Britain star and comedian David Walliams returned to Kent in November 2008 - two years after he came to the county to swim the Channel.

The comedian and actor had written his first book - a children's novel about a 12 year old boy called Dennis who likes to wears girls clothes.

Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsey
Gordon Ramsey

The TV chef appeared at the centre in October 2006.

In true Ramsay style he told our photographer to **** off after he'd taken just three shots of him at WHSmith.

Tana Ramsay

Tana Ramsay. Picture: Matthew Reading
Tana Ramsay. Picture: Matthew Reading

The TV chef's wife was at Bluewater in September 2007 when she appeared at Waterstones.

She was there to promote her book, Real Family Food.

Cliff Richard

Sir Cliff Richard. Picture by Andy Payton.
Sir Cliff Richard. Picture by Andy Payton.

The singer was at WHSmith in Bluewater when he attended a DVD and video signing of his latest 2003 Tour.

There were large queues of fans who were excited to see the Living Doll star.

Murray Walker

Murray Walker. Picture: Grant Falvey
Murray Walker. Picture: Grant Falvey

The Formula One motorsport commentator was at WHSmith in July 2003 for a book signing.

For most of his career he worked for the BBC, but when it lost the contract for F1 coverage to the company ITV, Walker continued his commentating there.

Bill Whyman

Bill Whyman
Bill Whyman

The former Rolling Stones bassist was at Bluewater in November 2002.

In 2015 Bill was not satisfied with a "disgusting" plaque put up to commemorate the band at Dartford station.

Katie Price

Katie Price. Picture: Nick Johnson
Katie Price. Picture: Nick Johnson

Katie signed copies of her book 'Santa Baby' at Waterstones in Bluewater in October 2011.

More recently, in November last year, the former glamour model said she was left shaken and scared by a man allegedly following her at the centre.

David Essex

David Essex at Waterstones. Picture: Nick Johnson
David Essex at Waterstones. Picture: Nick Johnson

The musician was at Waterstones in Bluewater in December 2013.

The Winter's Tale singer has published several books over the years including two autobiographies.

Amanda Holden

Amanda Holden. Picture: Nick Johnson
Amanda Holden. Picture: Nick Johnson

The Britain's Got Talent judge appeared at Waterstones in December 2013.

The month before, the TV personality spoke to KentOnline about a near death experience which prompted her to write her autobiography.

Union J

Union J. Picture: Nick Johnson
Union J. Picture: Nick Johnson

The boy band were at Waterstones in December 2013.

The boys who shot to fame after appearing on The X Factor in 2012, also appeared on kmfm's Drivetime in July 2014.

Dick and Dom

Dick and Dom at Waterstones. Picture: Nick Johnson
Dick and Dom at Waterstones. Picture: Nick Johnson

The Children's favourites signed their book at Bluewater.

Slightly Naughty But Very Silly Words is a collection of the comedy duo’s zany made-up words and phrases.

Will Young

Will Young at Waterstones. Picture: Nick Johnson
Will Young at Waterstones. Picture: Nick Johnson

The acclaimed singer songwriter, who shot to fame after winning ITV’s Pop Idol, was at Waterstones in October 2012.

He also appeared on stage at Rochester Castle Concerts in 2010 and again in 2016.

Dougie Poynter and Tom Fletcher

Dougie Poynter and Tom Fletcher. Picture: Nick Johnson
Dougie Poynter and Tom Fletcher. Picture: Nick Johnson

The McFly boys were at Watersones in November 2011 to sign copies of their children's book, The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas

More than 300 fans dropped in to see them.

Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler. Picture: Steve Crispe
Henry Winkler. Picture: Steve Crispe

The legendary Fonz actor was at Waterstones in June 2016.

The star of the original Happy Days series also dropped into an American diner at Bluewater in 2014.

John Barrowman

John Barrowman, was at Waterstones. Picture: Steve Crispe
John Barrowman, was at Waterstones. Picture: Steve Crispe

The star appeared at Waterstones in February 2012.

The former Dr Who actor headed to the shopping complex to sign his book and meet fans.

Lee Evans

Lee Evans. Picture: Nick Johnson
Lee Evans. Picture: Nick Johnson

The comedian was at Waterstones in November 2011.

Fans of the actor queued for hours to see the funnyman with more than 500 people lined up to see him sign copies of his book, The Life of Lee.

Keith Lemon

Keith Lemon. Picture: Nick Johnson
Keith Lemon. Picture: Nick Johnson

The funny man appeared at the centre in October 2011 for a book signing.

The Celebrity Juice star also sent a video message to a couple getting married in the county in November 2018.

Phil Daniels

Phil Daniels. Picture: Steve Crispe
Phil Daniels. Picture: Steve Crispe

Actor Phil appeared at Waterstones at the centre in March 2010.

The Quadrophenia star returned to Dartford in March 2018 when he appeared in Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde at the Orchard Theatre.

Kelly Brook

Kelly Brook. Picture: Barry Crayford
Kelly Brook. Picture: Barry Crayford

Model turned actress Kelly appeared at Waterstones in October 2007.

The Rochester-born beauty was dating film-star Billy Zane at the time but the couple split up in August 2008.

Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne. Picture: Nick Johnson
Ozzy Osbourne. Picture: Nick Johnson

The The Prince of Darkness star appeared at Waterstones in October 2009 to sign his book.

The Black Sabbath singer's wife, Sharon, was also due to appear at the centre in March 2010 but pulled out of a book-signing date due to ill health.

Michael Palin

Michael Palin. Picture: Nick Johnson
Michael Palin. Picture: Nick Johnson

The TV presenter and Monty Python legend signed copies of his book, Brazil, at Waterstones in November 2012.

The book rounds up his experiences from his BBC1 series on the South American country.

Coleen Nolan

Colleen Nolan. Picture: Nick Johnson
Colleen Nolan. Picture: Nick Johnson

The Nolan Sisters singer appeared for a book signing in May 2009.

The Loose Women panellist returned to our screens in December last year after taking a break after a very public spat with Kim Woodburn.

Ross Kemp

Ross Kemp. Picture: Nick Johnson
Ross Kemp. Picture: Nick Johnson

The TV hardman was at Waterstones in August 2009 for a book signing.

The former EastEnders star also opened the Go Outdoors store in Chatham in 2016.

Sir Roger Moore

Sir Roger Moore at Bluewater. Picture: Nick Johnson
Sir Roger Moore at Bluewater. Picture: Nick Johnson

The former Bond actor appeared at Waterstones in October 2010.

Sir Roger who died in 2017 was said to have a few connections to Kent including Gravesend, Bexley and Tunbridge Wells.

Graham Norton

Graham Norton
Graham Norton

The Irish television and radio presenter, comedian, actor, and author was at the centre for a book signing in April 2005.

He is a five-time BAFTA TV Award winner for his comedy chat show The Graham Norton Show and an eight-time award winner, overall.

Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough meeting a young fan in June 2009
Sir David Attenborough meeting a young fan in June 2009

The English broadcaster and natural historian was at Waterstones in June 2009 to meet young fans.

The animal-loving TV legend also went to Tunbridge Wells in February 2013.

Gillian McKeith

Gillian McKeith. Picture Barry Goodwin
Gillian McKeith. Picture Barry Goodwin

The Scottish television presenter, nutritionist and writer was at Bluewater in February 2006.

She is also the former host in the UK of Channel 4's You Are What You Eat show and famously fainted on I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!

Jade Goody

The late Jade Goody
The late Jade Goody

The late reality-television personality was at Waterstones in May 2006.

She rose to fame on Big Brother in 2002, but died in March 2009 and in January that year her mum spoke to KentOnline about the star's battle with cancer.

Richard Madeley

Richard Madeley.Picture: Nick Johnson
Richard Madeley.Picture: Nick Johnson

The television presenter and columnist who is married to Judy Finnign was at Waterstones in November 2018.

The couple's daughter, Chloe appeared in Panto in Maidstone in December 2012.

Gok Wan

Gok Wan. Picture: Matt Reading
Gok Wan. Picture: Matt Reading

The British fashion consultant, author and television presenter, has visited Bluewater several times.

He was there for a book signing in October 2008 and again in July 2009 when he filmed scenes from his show How To Look Good Naked.

Len Goodman

Len Goodman. Picture: Nick Johnson
Len Goodman. Picture: Nick Johnson

The former Strictly Come Dancing judge was at Bluewater in September 2008.

Kent's own Len, who lives in Greenhithe, returned in 2013 to sign copies of his book Lost London: A Personal Journey.

Geri Horner nee Halliwell

Geri Halliwell meeting young fans. Picture: Nick Johnson
Geri Halliwell meeting young fans. Picture: Nick Johnson

The Ginger Spice signer signed copies of her children's book, Ugenia Lavender, at Waterstones in May 2008.

The mum-of-two met young fans and posed for photos with them.

Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson Picture: Matthew Reading
Nigella Lawson Picture: Matthew Reading

Nigella is a giant among cookery writers and appeared at Bluewater in October 2017.

The culinary queen also did a book signing there in 2007.

Jason Donovan

Jason Donavan at his book signing Picture: by Jim Rantell
Jason Donavan at his book signing Picture: by Jim Rantell

The Australian star met fans in October 2007 when he appeared at Waterstones for a book signing and met fans.

In January 2016 he met slimmers from Dartford at an awards ceremony.

William Roache

Actor William Roache. Picture: Peter Still
Actor William Roache. Picture: Peter Still

Coronation Street's longest-serving star, who appeared in the very first episode of the ITV soap as dreary Ken Barlow was at Bluewater in 2007.

He met fans and signed copies of his book.

Tony Blackburn

Tony Blackburn. Picture: Nick Johnson
Tony Blackburn. Picture: Nick Johnson

kmfm's very own DJ also appeared at at the centre in 2007 for a book signing.

The radio favourite also spoke to KentOnline in 2015 about is life.

Suzi Quatro

Suzi Quatro. Picture: Matthew Reading
Suzi Quatro. Picture: Matthew Reading

She met fans and signed copies of her book in August 2007.

The Rocker Suzi and her band also got the crowd reeling and rocking at the 1970s extravaganza at Quex Park in Birchington in June 2008.

Peter Andre

Peter Andre. Picture: Nick Johnson
Peter Andre. Picture: Nick Johnson

The Mysterious Girl singer met fans at Bluewater in 2011.

More than 300 people queued to meet the Australian pop star.

Derek Acorah

Derek Acorah. Picture: Peter Still
Derek Acorah. Picture: Peter Still

The TV psychic medium signed copies of his book at Waterstones in March 2007.

The former Celebrity Big Brother contestant also met fans.

Sir Terry Wogan

The late Terry Wogan
The late Terry Wogan

The late Sir Terry who was a national treasure visited Bluewater in December 2006.

The veteran BBC broadcaster fought a "short but brave battle with cancer" and died in January 2016.

Ainsley Harriott

Ainsley Harriott
Ainsley Harriott

The TV chef and presenter signed books at Bluewater in September 2006.

The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant gave Medway chef Mintu Khan of The Royal Thai Cuisine, Chatham his award when he was crowned National Thai Chef of the Year, last year.

Michael Barrymore

Micheal Barrymore
Micheal Barrymore

The entertainer signed copies of his book, Awight Now, at Bluewater in October 2006.

The English comedian and television presenter hosted a range of TV shows in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.

The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo headed for Bluewater for the Gruffalo Experience
The Gruffalo headed for Bluewater for the Gruffalo Experience

The Gruffalo came to Bluewater in the summer of 2015.

The Gruffalo Experience aimed to captivate the imagination of children with the ultimate learning experience.

Paddington Bear

Paddington was at Bluewater at Christmas in 2017
Paddington was at Bluewater at Christmas in 2017

Paddington was special guest at Santa’s grotto at Bluewater in 2016.

Visitors could be greeted at the entrance of his log cabin-style grotto by the marmalade sandwich eating mammal from Peru.

And last but not least...

Father Christmas

Father Christmas returns every year
Father Christmas returns every year

The man in red turns up at the centre every year without fail and delights thousands of children each year when he gives out presents under the festive decorations along with his reindeer and elves and stays each until Christmas Eve.

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