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It's all about poo: fans queue all day for McFly dinosaur book
Superfans: Left to right: Robbie Reno, 9, Sophie Reno, 18, Danielle Reno, 15, and Alice Palmiery, 18
Tears, screaming girls and books about a pooping dinosaur can only mean one thing; McFly are in town.
Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter from the pop band came back to Kingston on Monday evening to sign copies of their new children’s book, The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas.
The band first came to the town in 2004 to sign copies of their debut single 5 Colours In Her Hair, and they were as well received as they were eight years ago, drawing a huge crowd.
First in the queue were Sophie Reino, 18, her sister Danielle, 15, and Alice Palmiery, 18, who arrived at 5.45am.
The super fans, all from Morden, have met the band before and said they we're “so excited” to see them again.
Sophie and Danielle’s mother, Sam Reino, 44, said: “They go all over the place to see them because they are major fans.
"It’s brilliant for them to see them so close to home.”
Their little brother Robbie, 9, also got in on the action by coming down after school. He said: “I’m going to tell them she [my sister] is in love with Dougie."
The McFly lads were met by screams and cheers as they entered the Kingston bookstore, with one waiting fan yelling: “Tom, I love your chin.”
Mandy Temlett, branch manager of Waterstones Kingston, said: “It’s brilliant to have them here. It has been really well received and everyone is really excited. We would definitely have them back again.
“It’s amazing to have them in Kingston for the community and also for the Bentall Centre.”
Gary Deane, children’s events manager for Waterstones, said: “It’s everything that we try and achieve with Waterstones, so making each store relevant to its community, and this really achieves that.
“It’s nice for people to come here and meet someone like McFly and we want to encourage people to enjoy reading.”
Over 300 people attended the signing, with school girls from Holy Cross and Coombe Girls flocking to Kingston straight after school in their uniforms to meet the boys.
Florence Hartley Matthews, 12, said: “I came straight after school. They were really nice and I was really excited when I heard they were coming to Kingston.”
The signing session lasted two hours with Tom and Dougie signing books for everyone who attended.