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Halstead: Slimmer Wins Fitness Award
An Essex man who used to weigh 26st 2lb has won a slimming award after losing a staggering 10st 2lb.
Marc Littlejohn, 30, from Halstead, has scooped the super fit male slimmer gong at this year's Rosemary Conley Diet & Fitness Magazine slimmers of the year awards.
Mr Littlejohn decided to change his life and join a Rosemary Conley diet club after getting stuck in a turnstile at a football match.
"Being a crowd of lads they all started laughing,'' said Mr Littlejohn, whose waist has reduced from a massive 52 inches to a trim 36.
"It tore me apart but the only way past it was to join in. All my life I've been the jolly fat friend and I often got in the fat jokes before anyone else could.''
The award winner hits the gym fives times a week and runs three times a week.
He said: "I had the biggest belly you've ever seen.
"If I'd gone on as I was I would have got bigger and bigger and almost certainly had a heart attack.
"I strongly believe Rosemary Conley, and my instructor Karen Perkins, have saved my life.''
Mr Littlejohn will be presented with his award and £1,000 from Rosemary Conley at a glittering ceremony held at the London Marriott County Hall Hotel today (Wednesday January 4th).
People in Essex are being asked to vote for Princes Alexandra Hospital's children's ward to be the winner of a competition to get a new state of the art cinema.
The Cliffs Pavilion has confirmed the stars heading to Essex for this year's festive panto, Jack and the Beanstalk.
Anglian Water has become the first water company to trial thermal imaging drones to detect leaking water pipes.
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