A COUPLE from Oswaldtwistle have been crowned the most romantic in the North West.

Tracy Ashby, 44, who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer nominated herself and her fiancé Craig Martin for the accolade in a Valentine’s competition run by Clayton Park Bakery in Clayton-le-Moors.


Grandma-of-three, Tracy, an NVQ assessor for Alternative Futures Group, said her marriage broke down following invasive treatment for the illness, which included a mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a hysterectomy which left her with scars and hair loss.

But two years ago, while she was at her lowest, she met Craig, 47, who she said has ‘transformed her life’ and given her the confidence to have another chance at love.

And the couple from Havelock Street are now getting set to tie the knot after last year Tracy made a leap year Valentine’s day proposal.

Tracy said: “In 2011 I was told I had two aggressive tumours in my breasts.

“I lost all body confidence, was depressed and never thought I’d have another relationship. Then through mutual friends I met Craig and we’ve been inseparable ever since.

“Craig has built my confidence back up and brought me back to life.”

To celebrate Valentine’s day this year Craig bought Tracy 100 red roses and is whisking her away for a romantic weekend.

The couple, who beat off competition from more than 100 entries, took home a hamper of goods from Clayton Park Bakery, which included a family sized pie, a selection of cakes and breads.

Barry Thomas managing director of Clayton Park Bakery said: “Tracy and Craig are very deserving winner of our competition, and we are delighted that they have enjoyed the hamper.”