Loose Women panellist Denise Welch has paid tribute to her husband, Lincoln Townley, to mark his seven-year sobriety anniversary. Taking to Instagram on Sunday, the 60-year-old shared a sweet selfie of the pair to celebrate the occasion. "Seven years ago tonight, my husband @lincolntownley had his last alcoholic drink," she wrote in the caption. "He gave up for me. I followed and the ripple effect it has had on our loved ones is beyond words." She added: "He is a wonderful husband, son, dad and stepdad and incredible contemporary artist. I am forever grateful for the stability he has brought to those who love us."
Fans rushed to post lovely comments, with one saying: "You look amazing Denise a warm happy face. Positivity beats negativity." Another follower wrote: "Both of you are glowing with happiness." A third post read: "It goes to show you don't need alcohol to enjoy your life, you are glowing Denise and hey Lincoln is not too bad either." Another fan added: "Amazing @lincolntownley so nice to hear of such happiness and recovery both of you such an inspiration."
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In June, Denise opened up about her own battle with alcohol and her decision to stop drinking. "My main thing in five years is I got married and I got sober," she revealed on Loose Women. She explained how she stopped following a night out when she smashed up her flat, and realised that she didn't want her now-husband to see a side of her that she "didn't like". Denise and Lincoln married in a private villa on the Algarve in front of over 200 friends and family, back in 2013. Speaking exclusively to HELLO!, Denise said at the time: "This is about being together forever. There's no one who can make me happier. This is my fairytale." Denise and Lincoln, who have a 15-year age gap between them, toasted their vows with glasses of chilled orange juice after giving up drinking.
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