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Mr Boddy added: “I wish I looked like that and he has got a good 16-years on me.” Mr Learoyd will be supported at the Mr Universe contest by a group of fellow gym-goers and his wife of 23-years, Kim, whom he met while training.
CAMPAIGNERS have called on a council to give them more time to find a new use for an historic building after its tenancy was placed on the market .
He said: “The building has become surplus to requirement.
There is a restriction on the title preventing the use of the property as a hotel, inn or public house and sale of alcohol – but the Durham Diocesan board of finance, which holds the covenant, has been contacted by the council about its release.“Newcastle Council has put up some of its buildings for sale and it gave commercial interests four months to come up with plans and it gave the public and community groups six months.“If it’s good enough for Newcastle it should be good enough for us.” Sunderland City Council cabinet secretary Mel Speding (correct) said the authority had to sell off the lease of because of Government cuts.“It is hard work sticking to the diet, and I couldn’t do it without the help of my wife who makes my food for me to take to work.” Before he returned to bodybuilding, Mr Learoyd was a mere 11 stone and said that with the right attitude anybody could turn themselves into a contender. Fellow bodybuilder Michael Boddy, 36, works at Darlington’s Grant’s Gym where Mr Learoyd trains and is also his ‘tan man’ tasked with applying fake tan before competitions to ensure that Mr Learoyd’s muscles are clearly defined.He said that there was no joking in the gym about Mr Learoyd’s age because they were all proud of how far he had got.The Rectory Park is one of the oldest gardens in the UK dating from at least 1120.The Old Rectory , was first recorded on the site in 1483 and was altered in the 18th century.National Express buses serve Grimsby, Lincoln and Louth, and local buses into Cleethorpes and Grimsby run from Waltham, with Louth, Lincoln and Hull services calling at nearby New Waltham.Nestled in a gentle fold on the cusp of the stunning Lincolnshire Wolds, the tranquil village of Ashby-cum-Fenby is the perfect base for exploring the whole of the Lincolnshire and Humber region.More than 200 people attended a public meeting at the weekend, when it was decided to form a civic society to take the matter forward.Friends of Wharton Park chairman Cllr Sheila Ellis said: “People are very upset, because the council put it up for sale at Christmas and only allowed six weeks for expression of interest and never told the public about it.