How the Real House­wives of Cheshire cel­e­brated Christmas

Manchester Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - By KATIE FITZ­PATRICK KATIE FITZ­PATRICK & VICKIE SCULLARD WITH ALL THE IN­SIDE STO­RIES

THE Real House­wives of Cheshire stars cel­e­brated Christmas in their own inim­itable style.

This year Ner­mina Pi­eters-Me­kic and her hus­band Erik were look­ing for­ward to hav­ing their fam­i­lies stay for Christmas at their new home in Wilm­slow.

Their Christmas in­cluded tra­di­tions from Bosnia and the Nether­lands.

Ner­mina, who be­came a Real House­wife in 2017 and was one of the main stars in se­ries six and seven, is now a guest star in the show.

She was born in Bosnia and em­i­grated to the Nether­lands as a child.

She mar­ried Dutch foot­baller Erik, who plays for Burn­ley, in 2016.

Erik and Ner­mina’s par­ents, Ner­mina’s brother Mu­rad Me­kic and Erik’s sis­ter Lisette Pi­eters were due to join them and their beloved pet boxer dog Simba, Blue, a Mal­tese, and adorable pups Luca and Archie, who Ner­mina found aban­doned on the streets dur­ing a re­cent visit to Bosnia.

Singer and model Ner­mina, who was on a pro­mo­tional trip to her birth coun­try, or­gan­ised vac­ci­na­tions, pa­per­work, pass­ports and mi­crochip­ping to bring them home with her.

To­day there is a a trip to Good­i­son Park to watch Erik and his team take on Everton.

New­ly­wed Hanna Mi­raftab and her hus­band Dr Martin Kin­sella will be get­ting into the spirit of Christmas with a visit to Chatsworth House and they planned to have friends round for drinks and mince pies around the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve.

On Christmas Day their fam­i­lies on both sides gath­ered for a tra­di­tional Christmas lunch with all the trim­mings at their home, to raise a toast to Hannna and Martin’s first Christmas as Dr and Mrs Kin­sella.

Tanya Bard­s­ley planned to have about 20 peo­ple over for Christmas, but she left the cook­ing to a caterer. The en­trepreneur wife of foot­baller Phil Bard­s­ley, who has daugh­ter Gabriella, 17 and sons Rocco, 10, Renz, seven and three-year-old Ral­phi, said: “I get a chef for 20 as I have a ham­mer and tools try­ing to fig­ure out how to get toys out of wrap­pers - you need a science de­gree with some of them.”

Af­ter mov­ing house, Leanne Brown, the wife of for­mer Manch­ester United player Wes, planned to spend Christmas at her new home in Cheshire with her fam­ily - and she joked that she was ‘off the hook’ as her sis­ter-in-law was due to do the cook­ing.

Fel­low for­mer

House­wife Lau­ren

Si­mon was tak­ing part in not one but two fit­ness bootcamps in Mar­bella.

The per­fumer, who left the show last year af­ter se­ries eight, said: “I stopped work­ing out and found my­self get­ting lazier.

“I’m re­ally proud of my­self and I’m in a good space. I’m choos­ing healthy op­tions and eat­ing pro­tein and veg­eta­bles when I’m usu­ally on the beach with chips.

“I wanted to go into the new year feel­ing health­ier.”

One of the orig­i­nal House­wives, Ma­gali Gorre, the wife of for­mer foot­baller and Dutch foot­ball coach Dean Gorre, has de­scribed her cosy fam­ily Christmas at home with her fam­ily. Ma­gali, the proud mum of three sons Kenji, Ai­dan and Quin­ten, said: “We choose not to go to a restau­rant but to cel­e­brate it at home.

“Dean is a very good cook and I’m very good at mak­ing the ta­ble nice.

“In the morn­ing we come down­stairs, hav­ing a nice ta­ble set up again, and have break­fast Face­time with Kenji be­cause he is with his girl­friend in Mi­lan.

“We say lovely things to each other and we are not go­ing over­board with presents at all. We think more about health and no stress about what to buy or go crazy with presents.”

The Bard­s­ley fam­ily at home for Christmas

Ner­mina Pi­eters-Me­kic and her hus­band Erik

Leanne Brown

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