The Only Way is St. George’s

13. Students at St George's Shopping Centre's annual Student Shop-In

By Hannah Mason – Editor-in-Chief 

Thousands of students flocked to a Preston shopping centre to catch a glimpse of the reality TV VIP’s.

The student shoppers queued outside St George’s Shopping Centre ahead of the doors opening for the eighth annual Student Lock-In this week.

Once inside, UCLan students and local college students, made the most of exclusive shopping discounts.

Over 7,000 students attended the event as well as gathering around the stage ahead of the arrival of the evening’s guests of honour, TOWIE star Joey Essex and Ex – Geordie Shore star Vicky Pattison.

The celebrity line-up also featured stars from ITV’s reality dating show Love Island.

Winners of the meet and greet competition were introduced to the stars and  one student walking away from the event with a £1,000 cash prize, presented by the celebrity guests.

Joey Essex, who found fame on TOWIE in 2011 before becoming a fan favourite on ITV’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, described the shop-in as “cool”.

He said: “There wasn’t anything like this around my way, it’s really exciting and different. I like it, it is good fun.”

Vicky Pattison, of MTV’s Judge Geordie and Ex on the Beach, said: “This is a great way to kick-off the new student year, I actually can’t believe how many people are here to shop.”
Aaron and Vicky

UCLan Students’ Union media platform PSTV also attended the event and were able to grab Vicky and Joey for an interview for their “PSTV Meets…” section. PSTV’s Head of Entertainment, Aaron Smithies, said “It was a great experience, meeting someone with the status of Vicky and Joey was great for not only me but for the station as well. Having them on the channel will be great!”

Both interviews will be coming soon online to PSTV’s YouTube channel. PSTV would also like to thank Vicky Pattison, Joey Essex and the staff at St. George’s shopping centre for the opportunity.



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