TOWIE star dazzles at Hartlepool Christmas light switch on

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TOWIE star Joey Essex delighted crowds at the annual Hartlepool Christmas light switch on tonight.

Hundreds of people turned out to see the reality TV celebrity best known for starring in The Only Way is Essex at the festive event called ‘The Only Way is Christmas.’ The event organised by Hartlepool Council, saw the star turn on the lights across the town, along with council leader Coun Christopher Akers-Belcher.

Joey Essex with council Leader Christopher Akers-Belcher

Joey Essex with council Leader Christopher Akers-Belcher

After pressing the button at 6pm, the star said: “I would like to say you are all looking very REEM tonight,” before he met fans in Hartlepool Art Gallery.

Speaking to the Mail, he said: “It’s nice to be here, I expected there to be a lot of people but not this many! It’s been wicked.”

Coun Akers-Belcher said: “We wanted Joey because he is someone who captures people’s attention. Comments on social media say they can’t believe we managed to secure a star as big as Joey Essex.”

Crowds were treated to performances from Hartlepool youngsters and other local group Red Dreams while enjoying refreshments and stalls on offer in the gallery.