A GROUP of weight loss consultants got up-close-and-personal with Aussie star Peter Andre.
The team, who run Slimming World groups in South Tyneside, say meeting the singer and TV presenter was the perfect start to 2015.
They got the chance to cuddle up to Peter when he co-hosted the Slimming World Awards with the organisation’s chairwoman and founder Margaret Miles-Bramwell OBE.
Claire Ball, who runs groups at Harton and Westoe Miners’ Welfare and the New Crown pub, in South Shields, said meeting the singer was a wonderful way to round off what’s been a great 12 months for Slimming World.
She said: “I’m so proud of all of our members. They’ve lost fantastic amounts of weight throughout 2014, with many of them reaching their target weights and improving their health substantially.
“It’s so rewarding to see people achieve things that they didn’t think possible before losing weight, whether that’s wearing smaller-sized clothes, taking up new hobbies, reducing medication or being able to do more with their family and friends.
“Meeting Peter was a real treat – he was such a nice guy – and a great way to celebrate all of that. Now we feel powered up and can’t wait to help our members hold on to all of the fabulous changes they’ve made and to support even more people to become happier and healthier in 2015.”
Peter said he was delighted to meet the Slimming World consultants at the event, which was held at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre.
He said: “Being in the public eye there’s a lot of scrutiny and if you put on even a pound or two the magazines and newspapers are extremely quick to point it out, so I’ve always tried to take care of myself and watch my weight.
“However since becoming a dad I’ve realised it’s about more than just looking good, it’s much more important to me that I’m fit and healthy and setting a good example to my children.
“At the awards I met lots of people who’ve lost incredible amounts of weight and it has completely transformed their lives – and their families’ lives too.”
To find a local group, go to www.slimmingworld.com or call 0844 897 8000.