Local slimmer celebrates with The Only Way is Essex TV star

The ONLY way was Slimming World for reality star Mark Wright when he met Gillian Hetherton recently at the weight-loss organisation’s annual awards ceremony to celebrate its most successful slimmers.

Gillian, who manages Slimming World groups in Brechin, was thrilled to get the chance to pose for a photo with Mark at the event in Birmingham.

Hunky Mark, who shot to fame on The Only Way is Essex before taking to the jungle as a contestant in I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here, now fronts ITV2 show Take Me Out The Gossip.

He joined Slimming World’s founder Margaret Miles-Bramwell OBE to host the ceremony, and said: “I was absolutely blown away by the people who joined us on stage.

“I couldn’t believe how much weight they’d lost and what a difference it had made to their lives – they were like completely different people.

“In fact, throughout the day I met so many fantastic people, not only the slimmers collecting awards but also amazing people like Gillian who run and manage the Slimming World groups and help them achieve so much.

“Everyone commented that having the support of other slimmers is really important too. I really feel the people of Brechin are very lucky to have such a great support network on their doorstep.”

Gillian said meeting Mark was the perfect ending to a great year for Slimming World.

“But there’s still a lot of work to be done,” he added. “With one of the highest levels of obesity in Europe right here in the UK, we want to help even more people to slim down and improve their health starting this January.

“At this time of year lots of people will be making New Year’s resolutions and pledging to lose weight, and we’d love anyone who wants to make a change to come along and join us.

Slimming World’s Food Optimising plan isn’t a diet, it’s an easy, healthy way of eating that the whole family can enjoy.

To find your nearest Slimming World group call 0844 897 8000 or visit www.slimmingworld.com