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Editor stars in poster campaign after weight loss drive

A weekly newspaper editor who lost four stone has become the latest face of a poster campaign encouraging local people to get fit.

Bury Free Press editor Barry Peters features on the newest Inspire Me poster for Abbeycroft Leisure, which manages leisure facilities in the area.

His fitness campaign started last February and saw him lose four stone and drop six trouser sizes.

Barry’s weight loss drive also saw him raise £500 for the paper’s Beat It appeal, which raised more than £55,000 to buy prostate cancer probe equipment at West Suffolk Hospital.

The poster features Barry with his fitness trainer Helen Bye and will be on display at local leisure centres.

Barry, centre, is pictured with the new poster, along with trainer Helen Bye and Warren Smyth.

In a story about the new poster, Barry said: “I feel so much better. If anyone is thinking of losing weight I would wholeheartedly recommend giving it a go.

“I have far more energy now than I used to, I’m less lethargic and I can now run for eight minutes without stopping. I’m the Duracell bunny!”

His trainer Helen said: “Barry has done incredibly well. He really took ownership of his goal and that is why he has succeeded. It just proves that you can fit in time to get active despite having a busy schedule and responsibilities.

“Barry deserves to be an Inspire Me cover star because what he has achieved will inspire many others to do the same.”

The poster is part of the Active Bury St Edmunds campaign, supported by Suffolk County Council, NHS Suffolk, and Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, which aims to inspire people to increase their physical activity.

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  • January 29, 2014 at 10:48 am

    “Barry has done incredibly well. He really took ownership of his goal…” and his cake-hole, too, presumably.

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