A GROUP of Bromsgrove slimmers have got the magic touch when it comes to weight loss this New Year, according to TV presenter Stephen Mulhern.

The magician met five Slimming World consultants from the district when he presented the annual Slimming World Awards at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre.

Stephen, who presents Catchphrase and Britain’s Got More Talent, said: "I’m known for my magic tricks and there was definitely magic in the air at the Slimming World Awards.

"The stories I heard from people who had lost amazing amounts of weight and transformed themselves – inside and out – were so inspirational.

"While all of their stories were different, the one thing they all had in common was how much they felt they owed to their 'Slimming World family'.

"Every one of them spoke passionately about how they felt that they couldn’t have achieved everything they had without the support and encouragement of their group every week.

"So the people who run the groups are clearly very important."

Dawn Kendle, one of the consultants, said: "We felt very honoured to represent our Slimming World groups when we met Stephen.

"He was bowled over by the difference Slimming World makes to people and how it changes their lives."