ALL THE pride and excitement of the completion of ‘Operation Transformation’ for Edenderry’s Adrian Brereton got the local people into the party spirit with a massive community celebration last Friday evening.
Every week, Adrian stole the hearts of the community and the nation by sharing his story of his challenges and victories as part of the fifth series of the RTE weight loss and fitness programme. Not only did the local pet shop owner change his own life with a 3 stone weight loss but he also inspired hundreds of people in Edenderry to overhaul own diets and fitness regimes. Having been chosen from hundreds of entrants, the Edenderry not only changed his own life with a 3 stone weight loss but he also inspired hundreds of people in Edenderry to overhaul their own diets and fitness regimes.
The father of four man marked his final reveal by organising a night of craic and celebration for the local community and saw the local GAA centre jam packed with the local community, supporters and well wishers.
With hundreds of people attending, Adrian was thrilled with the turnout from the local community and beyond. “It was a great night. It was a good old laugh.”
Party goers were even treated to a performance of ‘Goodbye to the Fry’, the song penned in Adrian’s honour by local band, Tara and detailed Adrian’s move to a healthier lifestyle after he vowed earlier in the television series to bid farewell to his daily fry.
Local GP, Dr Philip Brady also gave a reading of ‘Operation Transformation’ - his poem that captured the overwhelming public engagement which gripped Edenderry since the beginning of Adrian’s weight loss campaign over six weeks ago.
The following night, Adrian then joined the packed line up of Brendan O’Connor’s Saturday night show with his fellow programme leaders. “It was great to be on the show,” he added.
This week things have certainly gotten a little bit calmer for the pet shop owner. However, Adrian is still sticking to his programme and said that he weighed himself this week and has lost another 2.5 lbs. Laughing that he was on a “bit of a go slow” this week, the father of four said he was continuing his walks on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
Dr Eva, one the show’s expert also contacted him last week offering to send him some further information as he continues on his weight loss journey.
Meanwhile, the programme’s conclusion was marked last week with the five leaders taking part in a styled catwalk show for the grand finale which saw their final weight loss and newly transformed selves revealed to their family and friends.
Following the final reveal last week Kathryn Thomas, the show’s presenter, was full of praise for the leaders. ; “It’s been a privilege and a pleasure getting to know Adrian, Grace, Kayleigh, Killian and Natalie over the past few months. It was fantastic to see them strutting their stuff on the catwalk earlier.
“I am so proud of their achievements and admire their strength, courage, hard work and determination. It’s been an incredible journey for the five of them, both physically and emotionally. They have been an inspiration to their families, friends, local communities and beyond.”
***See Page 15 for photographic coverage of Friday’s community celebration in Edenderry.