A NORTH-EAST slimming champion enjoyed a little extra New Year cheer when she got a chance to cuddle up with TV comedian Shane Ritchie.

Debbie Mckay, from east Cleveland, was given the treat for her work managing slimming classes which have helped hundreds of local people lose weight during the past year.

She manages classes for Slimming World, Britain's largest independent weight loss organisation, in the Cleveland and Durham area.

Debbie met entertainer Shane at Slimming World's annual award ceremony to celebrate the achievements of some of its 250,000 members.

Shane, who hosted the event, said: "It must be like a dream come true for those people who you've helped to lose weight - with you around who needs New Year's resolutions!"

If you would like Debbie's help to lose the excess Christmas pounds, call her on (01642) 466496