Reality TV star Joey Essex travelled from Ibiza to Wrexham to escort a teenager to her high school prom.
Harriet Le Tissier’s father Sean arranged for the former The Only Way Is Essex regular, 27, to be her date for the Castell Alun High School event.
Mr Le Tissier said the reality star had “made [Harriet] feel very special”.
The school’s assistant head teacher said Essex’s attendance had “generated some interest, mainly from female attendees”.
Mr Le Tissier, who arranged the surprise for his 16-year-old daughter through a mutual friend, said the star had agreed to turn up as a favour and had not been paid.
“It was off the cuff, one of those ‘if you don’t ask you don’t get’ things,” he said.
“I got a ‘yes’, but thought it was never going to happen.”
He added: “He [Joey] arrived late and took her arm in arm before anyone realised who he was, and then he got mobbed.
“But he made sure he was with her the whole time.
“It was fantastic, he made her feel very special.”
The Wrexham school’s assistant head, Paul Edwards, said: “His visit certainly generated some interest, mainly from the female attendees.”
The prom on Thursday, attended by 180 Year 11 pupils from the school, was held at Llyndir Hall in Rossett.
Who is Joey Essex?
- He rose to fame in 2011 after appearing in the ITV2 television series The Only Way Is Essex with several of his family and friends
- He left in 2013 but has continued to be a well-known TV personality
- He has also appeared on the celebrity diving show Splash! and he claimed fourth place on the 13th series of on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!
- In 2015, he won the Channel 4 reality series The Jump
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