Hes a familiar face on the North Devon football scene but youd have to look twice to recognise him now.After spending many years on the touchline, Mick Tattersall will be back on the pitch next season after loosing a colossal nine-and-a-half stone. Mick, from Bideford, tipped the scales at more than 26 stone in January last year. But since shifting the weight, has now become a qualified football referee. Ive done a lot in football everything apart from refereeing, said Mick, a former manager of Anchor Chiefs and the current secretary of the North Devon Gazette Football League. I was probably a solid 16 stone in 1999. I was a cable TV and telephone engineer and went from digging ditches and lugging cable to becoming an office-based IT engineer, sat behind a desk for most of the time. The 41-year-old father of two lost the weight with the help of his wife Emmas Slimming World group. He said: I was sceptical in the beginning but it was so easy. You can eat a bit of everything; you dont have to deprive yourself. Its all about eating normal food cooked in the right way; Ive learned more about food in the last 18 months than Ive eve done now I eat to live rather than live to eat. I feel fantastic; its made a huge difference to me personally. My quality of life has gone up ten-fold. I no longer find an excuse not to do something because of my weight I wish Id done it 10 years ago. Wife Emma, who runs Slimming World groups in Bideford on Wednesdays and Saturdays, said: Hes done amazing; Im so proud of him. Its phenomenal how much its changed him; hes now running rings around me. Between us weve lost more than 12 stone so Slimming World has changed both our lives. For details about Emmmas Slimming World groups at West Croft School and the Robins Nest, call 07816 441525 or visit www.slimmingworld.co.ukTo celebrate the kick-off of Euro 2016 Slimming World is offering free membership to all football club season ticket holders throughout the group stages of the competition (June 10-23). To find out more click here.