Newlyweds surprise guests with their weight loss

Newlyweds Laura and Chris Wheal lost so much weight for their big day that some of their guests thought they were at the wrong wedding - the husband and wife lost 12 stone between them!

When Chris proposed to Laura, the couple weighed a combined 37st and Chris had a 40 inch waist. They both started dieting after Chris proposed, and lost a combined 12 stone in the 18 months leading up to the wedding. Whilst they didn't purposely keep guests in the dark, they hadn't seen many of them in a while and so they were shocked to see the transformed couple of their big day.

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Laura and Chris before and after their amazing weight loss

Tom and Dougie join us for World Book Day!

It's World Book Day, when kids around the country will dress up as their favourite characters to celebrate reading. Today the Government will reveal plans to give every school child a library card as well as new funding to establish more book clubs for 11 year olds

To mark the day, Good Morning Britain is joined by McBusted's Tom and Dougie to talk about their new kids book!

If you have a child who is dressing up, send us a photo of them in your costume and we may use it on the show! We also want to see photos of the teachers too - so if you are a teacher take one of yourself!

Get in touch via Facebook, Twitter or by emailing by 8am on Thursday 5 March. You must be 18 and over, for terms and conditions see

You're supposed to read the book, not eat it Dougie!

How addicted to your smartphone are you?

Are we addicted to our smartphones? New research from the University of Derby says that the more narcissistic a person is, the more likely they are to be addicted to their smartphone. The studies also found we spend an average of 3.6 hours per day on the gadgets.

The research advises that prospective buyers of smartphones should be pre-warned of the potential addictive properties of new technology.

So how addicted do you think you are? Take our fun quiz to find out!

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Apprentices earn more than graduates

Apprentices earn almost £4,000 more than graduates per year in their first job. New research has uncovered the average starting salary for those entering their first job after completing university and after completing an apprenticeship. Those who undertake an apprenticeship are likely to earn, on average, £3,729 more per year than those who have attended university; in terms of their first job.

While 9 per cent of parents believe apprenticeships to be a good thing, two thirds still prefer their own child to go to university.

We look at the case of Naz Hoque, who couldn't afford uni so took an apprenticeship at a law firm. He now has a full time job with Dentons, the largest law firm in the world.

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I thought my debut would be a 'flash in the pan'

Kate Garraway meets Dame Julie Andrews as she returns to the set of The Sound of Music in Salzburg, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film's release and an anniversary edition DVD.

Dame Julie tells Kate that she thought her debut at the age of 12 was just going to be a "flash in the pan"... Little did she know!

Sing-a-long with us to the Sound of Music!

Dame Julie Andrews: 'I had some garbage to get rid of'

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Do you worry about the best before dates?

Supermarkets are being overly cautious in setting best before dates and could help families to avoid wasting food by adding an extra day or two to the recommended life of some products, a report has found. It revealed shoppers could save £600 million a year.

Katy Rickitt investigates, finding out what we can eat after the best before date - and also meets Sam Joseph, who lives off food from a skip and runs a cafe that sells food that is past its best before date.

Top five headlines you're waking up to

Prosecutors in new York have claimed Abid Naseer was the leader of an al-Qaeda terror cell in the North West of England.

  1. A man who was plotting to blow up the Arndale Centre in Manchester has been found guilty of terrorist offences in New York

  2. David Cameron has said he will take part in only one televised debate ahead of the general election, ruling out a head-to-head debate with Ed Miliband

  3. The stepbrother of Becky Watts Nathan Matthews and his girlfriend Shauna Hoare will appear in court today. Matthews is charged with her murder.

  4. One in eight people are addicted to their smart phones and according to experts at the University of Derby we spend an average of 3.6 hours per day on them (Are you addicted? Take our quiz)

  5. Apprentices earn almost £4,000 more than graduates per year in their first job, new research has found

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