Are New Year’s resolutions a thing of the past?

New Year's Resolutions.
New Year's Resolutions.

NEW year, new you – at least, that’s what they say. But are South Tynesiders vowing to make any changes in 2015?

VICKI NEWMAN asked shoppers in South Shields if they had made a New Year’s Resolution.

The start of a new year often spurs people on to make changes in their lives.

Whether it’s losing weight, giving up smoking, eating fewer sweets, or hitting the gym more often, people make promises to themselves in the hope of sticking to it all year round.

But is it easier said than done to keep your New Year’s resolution?

Amanda Smith is confident that she’ll stick to hers.

The 43-year-old, of Tyne Dock, South Shields, said: “I’m going to stop eating so much chocolate because I’m getting a bit fat.

“I think I am likely to keep it because I’m good at sticking to things when I put my mind to them.”

South Tyneside Homes worker Christopher Perry is also hoping to keep his promise.

The 25-year-old, of West Park, South Shields, said: “I’ve paid my gym membership and am aiming to get there at least once a week and stick to it.

“I probably won’t, if I’m being honest.”

Enthusiastic photographer Kevin Ho is hoping to make some changes to his professional life in 2015.

The 30-year-old bartender, from Westoe, South Shields, said: “I’m going to try to break away from my day job and become a full-time photographer.

“I’m going to really focus on getting the career that I really want.”

Teaching assistant Phil Grainger is hoping to broaden his horizons in the new year.

The 31-year-old, of Boldon Colliery, said: “I’m going to discover and listen to more new bands because it’s interesting and variety is the spice of life.”

His brother Mark Grainger, however, isn’t a fan of New Year resolutions.

The 27-year-old copywriter, of Marsden, South Shields, said: “A few years ago I made a resolution to stop making resolutions and I’ve stuck with it.

“I knew I was never, ever going to keep them so I’m quite happy to not bother making one.”

Betting shop worker Liam Tyrie is vowing to spend more time on his hobby.

The 26-year-old, of Horsley Hill, South Shields, said: “I’m going to write more music.

“I’m also going to not drink any alcohol for as long as I can. I hope it’ll last long, but I don’t know.”

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