Competition winner has poem written for boyfriend

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He is the knockout boyfriend Lauren Wilson wanted to surprise with the ultimate heartfelt Valentine’s gift.

Boxer Tommy Philbin, 23, is a hopeful for Scotland’s Commonwealth Games team and fits in a gruelling regime between full-time night shifts as a fishmonger.

Lauren wanted to thank Tommy for working round the clock to be there for her and their kids. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Lauren wanted to thank Tommy for working round the clock to be there for her and their kids. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

As his 25-year-old partner Lauren struggled with a difficult pregnancy, he worked around the clock to meet her needs and those of their 20-month-old son Charlie – sometimes making do with only two hours’ sleep.

And to let him know how much she appreciated his care, Lauren nominated Tommy to have a poem written specially for him through a joint competition run by the Evening News and Edinburgh City of Literature Trust.

Her entry won over the judges and the verse – Knowing You – was penned by Edinburgh Makar Ron Butlin.

Lauren, who gave birth to their daughter Annabella just 12 days ago, said: “When I was nine months pregnant with our second child he did everything – keeping the house tidy, making our meals, running about after our 20-month-old son – all this whilst working full-time night shift as a fishmonger.

“He also travelled by bus from Kirkliston to train every day at his club in Lochend and is in the running for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games this year – all this on a few hours’ sleep every day.

“I really couldn’t live without him.”

Tommy was stunned to learn that the poem, presented along with a bouquet of red roses at the Evening News offices, had been written just for him. He said: “When I came back from training that night Lauren noticed I had a black eye. I knew by her face that something was going on because normally she wouldn’t be too bothered! She had to admit that we were going to get a photo taken and she had put me forward for the competition.

“It’s absolutely brilliant.”

The Kirliston couple are delighted with the poem, which they say will be treasured by Charlie and Annabella when they get older.

Ron, who read his poem out to the couple, said: “It was a real pleasure to share this with them. Tommy seems like such a nice guy and really deserving of it.”