Sunderland celebrities make their New Year’s Resolutions for 2016

Steph Houghton. Picture: Press Association.
Steph Houghton. Picture: Press Association.
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Well-known Mackems have been making their New Year’s Resolutions.

Celebrities from the sporting, acting and music world have been making their pledges for 2016.

Tony Jeffries on one his trips home

Tony Jeffries on one his trips home

It’s been quite a year for footballer Steph Houghton, from South Hetton, who led England in their World Cup campaign.

She’s very much on the ball when it comes to her resolution.

“I just want to continue being the best that I can be, on and off the pitch,” said the lioness. “I want to continue growing as a leader and to hopefully become one of the best centre-halves in the world.”

Olympic boxer Tony Jeffries’ aim is for a booze-free year.

Collabro star Jamie Lambert, from Washington.

Collabro star Jamie Lambert, from Washington.

Speaking from his new home in LA, where he runs a successful gym, the former Farringdon School pupil, said: “My New Year’s resolution is to have no alcohol for a year, and to grow my Box ‘N Life podcast to over 50,000 listeners.”

Collabro band member Jamie Lambert, from Washington, who won Britain’s Got Talent in 2014, released his second album with the band and promoted it around the world in 2015.

The 24-year-old, from Rickleton, said: “I’m going to try and complain less about drinking too much wine. I’m also going to try and explore more cool places in the UK!”

Sunderland’s West End theatre star Ben Forster will be juggling one of this biggest roles to date with his music career this year.

Ben Forster as Buddy in Elf credit Alastair Muir (2)

Ben Forster as Buddy in Elf credit Alastair Muir (2)

Ben, from Millfield, shot to fame after winning ITV’s Superstar show and has since gone on to star in Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and The Rocky Horror Show.

He is currently wowing the crowds as Buddy in Elf, but in February will swap his stripy tights for the mask of Erik in Phantom of the Opera.

He said: “My New Year’s resolution is to record my third album.”

Former St Anthony’s School pupil Charlotte Crosby, from Biddick Woods, who’s well known for her appearances on Geordie Shore and Celebrity Big Brother, said: “To spend more quality time with my friends and family. And when we do that, to put all phones in the corner and stay off them. I want to be able to socialise properly with them all in the new year.”

Charlotte Crosby

Charlotte Crosby

Panto stars who’ve called Sunderland home over the Christmas season have also been making wishes for the forthcoming year.

Whereas Alison Hammond, who is playing Slave of the Ring until the show finishes on Sunday, doesn’t make them, Derek Moran, who plays Wishee Washee, says he hopes to get fitter.

“To continue to pay for the gym but actually go this year,” said Derek, from Channel 5’s Milkshake.

“Stop using the ‘snooze’ button on my alarm clock and to not eat as many wine gums a day as I do now!”

Director Ian Good, who’s playing Widow Twankey, said: “I’m going to Australia to direct the Secret Garden so I’m going to lose two stone in preparation. I’m also going to learn that everyone’s opinion is exactly that, an opinion, and not to worry about it as they may be wrong.

“I also want to spend more time in the North East. I’m directing the Collabro national tour, which is playing Sage Gateshead. I’m making a trip up to see the tour and spend a couple of days up here again.”

� COPYRIGHT PHOTOGRAPH: EGGSHELL BLUE / DIRK VAN DER WERFF 2014

� COPYRIGHT PHOTOGRAPH: EGGSHELL BLUE / DIRK VAN DER WERFF 2014