WHETHER it’s giving something up, or doing more of something else, many people use the New Year as an excuse to start fresh and make some important changes to their lifestyle. VICKI NEWMAN asked some famous and prominent South Tynesiders if they were making a New Year’s Resolution.
Little Mix star Perrie Edwards is hoping to use the New Year to better herself.
The 21-year-old, from Whiteleas, South Shields, said: “My New Year’s Resolution is to get fit and healthy and live life to the fullest.”
Fellow Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall has had some extra celebrating to do over the festive period, after celebrating her 22nd birthday on Boxing Day.
The star, from Laygate, South Shields, said: “My resolutions is to just work even harder than this year, be positive and make sure that we’re still the biggest girlband in the world. And learn piano.”
Lola Saunders, who made it to the live finals of the X Factor in 2014, is also hoping to see changes in the new year.
The 20-year-old, of East Boldon, said: “My New Year’s Resolution is to eat to moderation.
“I want to have that bikini body. I’m happy in my own skin and I’m happy at the moment but I know every girl after Christmas just wants to nip in here, and here, so I’m going to eat to moderation.”
X Factor, Popstar to Operastar and The Jump champ Joe McElderry is hoping 2015 will bring him happiness.
The 23-year-old, of Westoe, South Shields, said: “I’m going to just enjoy next year – I have a lot of exciting things coming up – and I’m just going to let everything be what it will be.”
Collabro star Jamie Lambert had a lot to celebrate in 2014 after winning Britain’s Got Talent with his classical boyband, singing at the Royal Variety Performance and topping the charts with number one album, Stars.
The 25-year-old said: “I am going to remember to appreciate the little moments more.”
Paralympic gold medallist and champion swimmer Josef Craig is hoping to give back in the new year.
The 17-year-old, from Jarrow, said: “My New Year’s Resolution is to get more involved with Cancer Connections because it’s a fantastic charity that does so much work for the people of the North East who are suffering with cancer.”
Customs House executive director, Ray Spencer, is hoping to make some changed in 2015.
The 57-year-old, from Biddick Hall, said: “My New Year’s Resolution is to do less of those things I shouldn’t do any of.”
Comedian Jason Cook, 41, is already having trouble sticking to his New Year’s Resolution.
The creator of BBC2 sitcom Hebburn, who hails from the town, said: “My resolution is to drink more. No, wait, less. Definitely less. Oh, who am I kidding?”
South Shields comedian Chris Ramsey came up with a very practical resolution.
The 28-year-old, from Marsden, said: “My nyw yars resilution is two lern how to spwel.”
South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck said: “In the coming year I will continue to fight with passion for the policies that are right for our hard working people and the most vulnerable residents of South Shields.
“I will continue to champion our great town and continue to be a visible presence both in Shields and in Parliament.”
Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn is hoping to become fighting fit in 2015. He said: “I’ve turned 55 this year, and for the first time ever my gym membership has slipped, so I’m going to try and shape up.”
Coun Fay Cunningham, the Mayor of South Tyneside, said: “New Year is a good time of year to review the things that are important to me and work out how I can spend more time doing them.
“I plan to spend more time for oil painting and gardening – hopefully the latter will help me work off any extra pounds I put on over the festive season.”