Big Brother star Chantelle kick-starts Lakeside's festive season

Chantelle Houghton looked every inch the fairy-tale princess yesterday as she was placed on top of the 54ft Christmas tree at Lakeside shopping centre in Essex.

Dressed in a pink, full-length gown and sparkling tiara, the Celebrity Big Brother star was raised to the top of the tree in a hidden harness, and supported with safety wires.

‘It was the craziest thing I’ve ever done,’ says Chantelle, 27, ‘the whole centre could probably hear me screaming.

‘I was petrified!’

The festive stunt was to promote the launch of Lakeside’s Grotto Lotto, which offers shoppers the chance to win £1,000 for the next 12 days, to spend at the Essex mall.

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