Crowd for Jess’ book is Unbelievable

Long time no see: Jessica Ennis with old schoolfriend Neelam Javid and her daughters Sania and Tania Faisal.  PICTURE: SARAH WASHBOURN
Long time no see: Jessica Ennis with old schoolfriend Neelam Javid and her daughters Sania and Tania Faisal. PICTURE: SARAH WASHBOURN
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A RECORD queue of fans waited to see Olympic medallist Jess Ennis sign copies of her book in Sheffield.

The heptathlete was greeted by massive crowds when she returned to her home city last night to promote her biography Unbelievable.

Staff at Waterstones in Orchard Square in the city centre said the turnout had beaten even that for Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker earlier this year.

An estimated 700 to 800 people turned up.

Aspiring athlete Ben Woodward, aged 10, of Bradway, was near the front with mum Angie.

He said: “I want to meet Jess because she’s a really good athlete. She inspires me because I’m in the Hallamshire Harriers and I want to be an athlete.”

Neelam Javid, of Millhouses, went to primary school with Jess and took daughters Sania Faisal, five, and Tania, six, to have their books signed by the golden girl.

She said: “The girls really wanted to come as we haven’t seen her since she came back from the Olympics - I’ve known her from being around three years old.

“Jess said how grown up the girls were. It’s great to have her back in Sheffield.”