“Inspirational” Slimming World consultant Christine Warren has now hung up her scales and retired after 24 years helping the Alexandria community embrace healthier lifestyles.

One of the longest serving Slimming World consultants in the UK, Christine has touched the lives of countless people through her local group.

Much-loved Christine, from Balloch, built up her group membership over the years, supporting up to 500 members a week in shedding the pounds.

And as she steps into well-earned retirement, she says she still remembers each and every one of her members by name.

“When you get to that age your body tells you it’s time,” Christine told the Reporter.

“I’d love to do this job forever. I think it’s the best job in the world and I love my members. It’s like an extended family.

“It’s so nice. What I love is when I haven’t seen someone for ages but still remember their name if I bump into them.

“I genuinely cared about the health and happiness of others, my job was different each day and it was so rewarding.”

High-flying Christine, 66, started her first Slimming World group as a consultant in 1994, claiming it was the “best decision” she ever made.

Over the years, the kind-hearted mum-of-three has been acknowledged time and time again for her achievements in her role.

She said: “I have won numerous awards including nine luxury holidays to fabulous places like Dubai, Las Vegas, Mexico, Florida and the Bahamas.

“My husband, Chris and I have memories that will last forever. I’ve been to places I’d never dreamed of.”

An emotional Christine was showered with thanks, gifts and flowers at her send off party this month – testament to just how special she is to so many people in the community.

“When I had my send off there were some people there from my very first week. There were a lot of tears but fun and laughter as well,” she said.

“I had members aged from 12 to 91. I’ve helped probably thousands of people.”

Managing director of Slimming World Caryl Richards also extended thanks to Christine from the company with a heartwarming message, writing: “You really have touched so many hearts over the years, Christine, and changed so many people’s lives, and we want you to know how truly special you are.”

And now, Christine, who has two young granddaughters, says she is looking forward to spending more time with her family.

“I’m going to enjoy spending more time with them,” she explained.

“But it was a fantastic job. I’m so grateful they gave me the opportunity.”