Glamour model Katie Price banned some spectators from taking photos when she hosted an award ceremony at a Northampton disability day centre today.
The 35-year-old, whose son Harvey has autism, was more than an hour late for an appearance at the Cube, in Roe Road, Abington, and would not walk on stage until all mobile phone cameras had been put away.
She told management at the centre she did not want any images taken of her baby-son, Jett, who was with her, being pushed in a pushchair by an assistant.
The mother of four had been booked to hand out certificates to the winners of the Cube’s Face of Disability Award, which she also helped to judge.
Miss Price made a short appearance in front of the 100-strong crowd, which included pupils from Greenfields School, to present the awards.
Margaret Shanahan, 53, mum of Mark Shanahan, who won one of the awards, said: “It was lovely, but we did have to wait for her and I thought she was going to say something.
“The waiting was difficult, Mark hasn’t been very well.
“The staff have been absolutely brilliant though.”
Owner of the Cube, Jelena Milic, said despite the ban on pictures being taken, the centre was grateful to have Miss Price attend.
She said: “She did it free of charge, she came in her own time and she’s a great supporter of disability, she herself being a mother of four children, one of who is disabled.
“She had her son with her and I think that’s her privacy and we have to respect that.”
Chronicle & Echo photographer Sharon Lucy was permitted to take official photos at the event which will be used in a subsequent report on the event.