Big loser encourages others to start weight-loss journey

A woman who has managed to shed 100lbs says that if she can do it anyone can. Kellie Hanrahan, 43, of Tuxford, said she had struggled with her weight for as long as she could remember. “I used to be the girl who would sit on the sofa, with a packet of biscuits, doing nothing about my weight,” she said. Two years ago Kellie reached a stage in her life where she decided it was time to do something about it. “I knew it was now or never,” she said. Kellie said she knew she needed help to achiev

Sweet smell of success for competition winner

One lucky winner has won a year’s worth of sweets after winning a competition in celebration of a sweet shop’s first birthday. Angel Cooper, 12, won a free 100g bag of sweets every week for a year from Simply Sweet, Newark. Owners of Simply Sweet, Andrea Ward and James Singer, said: “The thinking behind the prize was to say thank you to all the people who have supported us during our first year. “All of the customers over the last year have shown us such love and support and become fantastic

Diamond wedding day for sharing duo

A couple who met when they were working at Staythorpe Power Station celebrated their diamond wedding on Thursday. Terry Marriott, 83 and his wife, Maisie, 84, of Swinburne Close, Balderton, were married at Holy Trinity Church, Southwell, at 9.30am on November 29 1958. “I remember it was a rather foggy day,” said Mr Marriott. They wanted an early morning ceremony to enable them to have a reception with their guests in Southwell and then catch the lunchtime train to Torquay for their honeymoon.

Campaign launched for historic rings

The National Civil War Centre ­— Newark Museum has launched a crowdfunding campaign to buy two gold rings with significant local and national historical value. The online crowdfunding page has a £5,000 target, of which around £600 has been raised so far. The combined valuation of the rings is £7,000. The Friends of the National Civil War Centre have pledged £2,000. Kevin Winter, collections and exhibitions assistant at the centre, on Appletongate, Newark, said the 1654 Sergeant at Law ring ­

FREEMINDS ZINE

Up close and personal with Ireland. Dublin, Ireland: The city of Guinness and Irish accents, what’s not to love? Admittedly, the quaint Irish pubs and men with charming accents are enough to win you over, but Dublin has so much more to offer.Like any city it’s diverse with culture and boasts the charm of cobbled streets and boldly coloured doors. Coastline views and cobbled streets; Bethany shows us Portugal through her eyes. Alvor, Portugal: 

 Situated on the Algarve coast of Portugal, the quaint fishing village of Alvor has become a popular destination for a laid-back, beach holiday. Whether you’re after views of the famous Portuguese coast-line, beautiful beaches, streets full of colour and charm, boat trips to explore the local caves or spending the night in Portuguese bars the small village has it all at hand. Arguably, the best place to explore the serene nature of the town is to take a stroll along the waterfront boardwalk. The boardwalk stretches for miles along the beach, passing through the old harbour, blue lagoons and treating you to views of the Algarvian coastline - you’ll find many using the walk for a run in the morning sun as well as taking a romantic stroll at dusk.
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