Fylde coast stars celebrate New Year’s pledges

Danny Wilkin and Jake Roche, centre left and right, of Rixton make their resolutions
Danny Wilkin and Jake Roche, centre left and right, of Rixton make their resolutions
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Lose weight, find a new job, drink less, go to the gym more... they’re all the standard resolutions made year in, year out.

And we’ve asked some of Blackpool’s famous faces what their hopes for the new year may be.

For singer-songwriter Rae Morris, 2015 is set to be a big year, with her album out on January 26 followed by a string of live dates to promote the release of Unguarded.

“I make a New Year’s resolution every year, but rarely stick to it,” she admitted, adding: “In 2015 I’m going to try and listen to a new album a week, and read a new book every month.

“I think with all the travelling coming up it’s quite an achievable goal – we’ll see.”

Also in the music world are the lads from Rixton – Blackpool’s Danny Wilkin and Jake Roche.

For ex-Blackpool Sixth Form College student Danny it’s a simple call: “To stop drinking pop and drink more water, to exercise every day and to get to gigs as much as possible.”

While bandmate Jake added: “My new year’s resolution is to stop making new year’s resolutions I don’t stick to, to celebrate the new year we have a big get together at my mum’s [Coleen Nolan] house with family and friends.”

This year saw Blue Peter presenter Barney Harwood have one of Blackpool Zoo’s new Siberian tiger cubs named after him and co-presenter Radzi Chinyanganya– and he’s aiming high for 2015.

Barney, who grew up in Preesall said: “I don’t believe in resolutions, as such. You should try to achieve your best every day. But goals however... I’m learning to learn to fly a helicopter!”

Radio One DJ Danny Howard has been back at home for Christmas, after hosting indoor festival Blackpool Rocks at The Tower, but is ready for the new challenges of a new year.

He’ll be hosting his first tour with his own Nothing Else Matters brand, ‘the deeper side’ of what he does, which aims to bring through new UK DJ talent. He added: “I hope to keep progressing and keep working hard on more music.

“In 2014, I have let the production side slip a bit, with events and my first residency at Pacha, I didn’t get much studio time. But I have things lined up for release in March and April.”

And he’ll be helping to celebrate 20 years of Radio One’s Ibiza weekend in the summer, and said he was ‘delighted’ to be involved with the planning for that.

Over on Coronation Street, actresses Hayley Tamaddon and Kate Ford, who play Andrea Beckett and Tracy Barlow, are also looking to the new year.

Blackpool-born Hayley’s just marked her first on-screen anniversary on the Street. She said: “I aim to work hard, play hard, and stop worrying so much! Life is too short... Live every day like it’s your last. Be happy!”

And ex-Blackpool and 
Fylde College student Kate aimed to: “Get more sleep and stop obsessing about things.”

Fellow actress Jodie Prenger, enjoying a festive break from the UK tour of musical Calamity Jane, said: “My resolution is to discover chocolate that helps you lose weight... But more seriously, I think we should start a revolution of the non-resolutions. I’ve not made one in years because I never keep them!”

And someone who’s found themselves in the spotlight in the latter months of this year is Lauren Riley, who was a candidate in The Apprentice.

The 28-year-old solicitor-turned-entrepreneur from Thornton said: “I’m glad you asked me, as it made me sit down and think about next year, after what has been an amazing year.

“I want to strike a better work-life balance. With my life in the spotlight, launching a business start-up and being a lawyer, it’s been crazy. With a better balance I’ll get more time up north on the Fylde seeing my family.”