Meeting comic Paddy tops Noreen’s night

Noreen Simpson, who runs Slimming World in Methil, meets Paddy McGuinness
Noreen Simpson, who runs Slimming World in Methil, meets Paddy McGuinness

It definitely wasn’t a case of ‘no likey, no lighty’ when Noreen Simpson from Methil a came face-to-face with comedian Paddy McGuinness.

Noreen, who runs a local Slimming World group, was delighted to cuddle up to the star when he hosted the organisation’s annual award ceremony in Birmingham recently.

Bolton-born Paddy, who shot to fame in Channel 4 comedy Phoenix Nights alongside school friend Peter Kay before becoming a popular stand-up comedian and TV presenter on shows including ITV1’s Take Me Out, said he thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

He said: “Before I started working in comedy I was a fitness instructor so I know how important it is to look after yourself, but equally I know it’s not always easy to motivate yourself. So, having the help and support of someone like Noreen to keep you on track and be there with advice when you need it really is invaluable.”

Noreen said meeting Paddy at the event, held at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre, was the cherry on the top of a great year for the Methil Slimming World group.

She explained: “Obviously the most important thing of all is that the group have lost weight and improved their health throughout 2013 and I’m so proud of all of my members.

“But as well as seeing stonking success on the scales, we’ve had a lot of fun throughout the year too – we’ve held parties in group, raised money for charity and members have cheered each other on with every step of their weight loss journey.”