Wednesday 29 March 2017

Wedding dream couple quit smoking

Malcolm Page (left) and Maggie Loftus have quit smoking to save money for their dream wedding
Malcolm Page (left) and Maggie Loftus have quit smoking to save money for their dream wedding

A couple are looking forward to their dream wedding after saving £1,600 for their big day by quitting their 70-a-day smoking habit.

Maggie Loftus, 49, and Malcolm Page, 55, are getting married next month after kicking the habit which saw them get through 25,000 cigarettes - or £5,000 - a year.

As the rest of the country prepares for national No Smoking Day, the newly-quit couple put their success down to their love for each other.

Ms Loftus, who has been smoking since her family moved to Chesterfield, Derbyshire, 33 years ago, said: "We are happy and we want to stay alive. I'm so excited about the wedding."

She said that after she recently left her job, and money became tight, the couple realised they could not afford to marry unless they quit smoking and saved.

The pair, who have been together for two years, have already spent £650 on deposits for the big day and are still putting £15 a week each in a special tin.

Thanks to the money they have saved by giving up smoking, they can now tie the knot next month at the Sandpiper Hotel in Chesterfield.

Ms Loftus said: "We decided we didn't want to get married in a register office because I've got a large family and we couldn't fit everyone in.

"That was one of the reasons we had to quit - so we could afford a bigger venue.

"The bottom line is if we start smoking again, there won't be a wedding because we can't afford it - and we deserve to have a nice day."

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