TV celeb to open village fete

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A REALITY TV personality from the BAFTA award-winning fly-on-the-wall soap The Only Way is Essex is to open a fete and dog show in Wickham St Paul next month.

Ellie Redman, who is a receptionist and runs a slimming club in the ITV2 series, is a relative of organiser Glenda Bone.

Since word got out about Ellie’s appearance at the village fete, thousands of people have begun following the event on Twitter, the social networking website.

Glenda, who is raising money for a new village hall as part of the fete and dog show next Saturday, said: “My granddaughter helped me advertise the fete and dog show on some websites, including Twitter.

“At the last count, there were 10,000 people looking at it but I hope they don’t all turn up as I’ve only got 200 sausages for the barbecue.”

Ellie is Glenda’s cousin’s daughter and lives in south Woodford.

The fete starts at 1pm on Saturday, July 2, and takes places on The Green outside The Victory Inn at Wickham St Paul.