Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 April 2014

Fans flock to Daley book signing

People brave the rain ahead of Tom Daley's book signing at The Mall

A thousand screaming fans have waited out in heavy rain to greet Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley at a book signing.

The queue of people hoping to meet the diver at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway near Bristol, had to be closed after an "unprecedented" turnout.

The public had been told to start arriving from 8am but by 9am the queue had been closed by organisers.

Some of the teen heartthrob's fans had even camped out overnight following a book signing Daley held at the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent.

The 18-year-old diver said he was overwhelmed with the amount of support he had been shown since winning the bronze medal in the men's 10m platform event last Saturday.

Speaking just before hundreds of fans filed into a small space at the back of WHSmith, he said: "It's crazy to say the least, honestly, about a thousand people are here today and they've had to shut the queue because there were too many people turning up.

"It's amazing to think that people have actually camped out since before 11pm last night."

The diver had dedicated his Olympic medal to his father, Rob, who died of cancer aged 40 last year.

"I think my Dad would think this is quite funny actually," Daley said. "He'd probably go around, running around the queues actually winding people up, like saying 'Oh, he's gone home' things like that, he had that kind of sense of humour, so I think he would be enjoying it a lot."

Daley's book My Story follows his diving background and success, the attention he has received since competing at the Beijing Olympics and the loss of his father.

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