MATTERS of the heart have an extra special meaning for a loved-up couple this Valentine’s Day.
Maureen and Arthur Dawson have been together almost half a century – but health problems, including chronic heart failure, left the future looking bleak.
But now the pair have lost a whopping eight stone between them and their future is now looking rosy.
Maureen and Arthur, of Courtney Drive, Silksworth, took the decision to reduce their waist sizes after both suffered from health problems.
“I had high cholesterol but my husband has chronic heart failure,” said Maureen, 62.
“He had a heart attack three years ago.
“He was 19 stone and now he is down to 14 stone.
“I’ve lost three-and-a-half stone but I want to lose a little bit more if I’m honest.
“We are different people these days and people are amazed at how we look.
Their new svelte appearances are, they say, down to a “you are what you eat” approach which they have planned after going to Slimming World classes since August.
Maureen said: “It’s through diet, how we have lost the weight.
“When we eat nowadays we never feel hungry after.”
Mr and Mrs Dawson first met as school pupils, but it was a local youth band that brought them together.
“He was 12 and I was 14 when we met,” said Maureen, a former care assistant.
“We were in a jazz band together. Arthur’s dad ran it and when I joined we got together.”
They have now been married 42 years and will celebrate their 43rd anniversary on March 2.
The couple have three daughters, Mandy, 42, Wendy, 40, and Jill, 30, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Suzanne Davey runs the Slimming World group the couple attend at North Street Methodist Church in Silksworth.
She said: “They’re just lovely, a really warm couple. They are still really in love.”
Suzanne added that Maureen and Arthur, 60, have been an inspiration to others within her class.
She said: “They are part of my welcoming committee in group, welcoming new members and encouraging them to stay.”
Slimming World classes are held at North Street Methodist Church in Silksworth on Wednesdays at 5.30pm and 7pm.
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