Slimmer meets Blue singer at national event

Claire Smith with Blue singer Simon Webbe
Claire Smith with Blue singer Simon Webbe

A young woman from Boston got to meet Blue singer Simon Webbe after reaching the finals of a national slimming competition.

Claire Smith, 21, lost 3st 1.5lbs to make the final 37 in Slimming World’s Young Slimmer of the Year 2015 competition out of all 13,000 Slimming World groups across the UK and Ireland.

The competition recognises the enormous achievements of young people aged 16 to 21 in making long-term lifestyle changes to become fitter, healthier and happier.

Claire, who joined the Wyberton group in May, 2014, said: “I used to feel like I was different from all my friends.

“I felt like I stood out because I was bigger. It affected my confidence and I didn’t want to be like that for the rest of my life.

“I wanted to make changes and I knew I needed help to do that.”

Simon, who shot to fame in boyband Blue and was a runner-up in BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing last year, was bowled over by Claire’s achievements.

He commented: “Claire should be really proud of herself.”