Being the centre of attention can be both good and bad. Good for a bride on her wedding day for example. Bad for those who attract unwanted stares because of a facial deformity. Cody Hall knows this better than most. The 25 year old recently married Lewis Holt at a ceremony in St Michael’s Church in Great Oakley, Northamptonshire. Good attention. Rewind to her school days and unfortunately it was very much a case of too much bad attention. For that coincided with her undergoing extensive treatment for a birthmark that distorted the whole left side of her face. As Ms Hall recalls: ‘When I started at secondary school I did get a lot of people asking questions and in the street there would be people staring. All the attention would sometimes get me upset and I would come home and say I didn’t like it.’ It was in 1993 at the tender age of just one that her treatment was able to start thanks to an appeal which raised £230,000. And it was just as well, for her birthmark required 18 operations over a 14 year period. Name a procedure and chances are Ms Hall has had it: facelifts, nose corrections, skin grafts, liposuction, skin planing, eye surgery and laser surgery. But as Ms Hall said on her wedding day: ‘I just want to show people that there is a happy ending…It was an emotional day and there were some tears, especially when I saw Lewis at the altar, but only tears of joy.’ As for all those unwanted stares she used to get, Ms Hall added ‘…over the years people have realised I am who I am. I get people coming up to me in the street and saying “well done” and that they are pleased for me’. Now that’s what you call welcome attention.