Sunderland’s celebrities make their New Year’s resolutions. What’s yours?

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SUNDERLAND celebrities have been revealing their New Year’s resolutions.

Music veteran Dave Stewart, from Barnes, is among the well-known Mackem names to have spoken to the Echo about his hopes for 2014.

The former Eurythmics musician said: “This year I want to exercise more, play more ‘fingerpicking’ guitar with more trips to Nashville and take Ben, my dog, to the studio more.”

Roker superchef Stacie Stewart, who appeared as a judge in this year’s Food Glorious Food, said: “I’d really like to take up painting and to continue writing my second cook book.”

Frankie Francis from Houghton, frontman with Frankie & the Heartstrings, said: “Next year I want to get a Brit Award-winning artist to play at our shop, Pop Recs Ltd, in Fawcett Street.”

Sunderland-born Olympic medallist Tony Jeffries said: “My resolutions for 2014 are to keep track of my expenses and also to lose weight. I’m 15st2lb now. For my last fight two years ago I was 12st, but my goal is to be 13st3lb.”

Lead singer of The Futureheads Barry Hyde, from Hendon, who this year also became a trainee chef at Juniper’s Pantry in Barnes, said: “I have a few resolutions. Firstly, detox. Boring, I know. Secondly, I want to get stuck in to my solo project this year and have it finished by summer.

“Thirdly, I want to master the arts and secrets of everybody’s favourite way to gain weight - pastry.”

However, agony aunt Denise Robertson from East Boldon says she doesn’t believe in making resolutions.

The This Morning star said: “I don’t actually believe in resolutions because you make them and end up breaking them by January 7 and feeling like a failure. I get letters from people all the time who say they feel weak for breaking their resolutions, so my resolution this year is not to make any.”

Why do we make New Year’s resolutions?

The tradition of New Year’s Resolutions, in some form, stems back centuries.

The ancient Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts.

The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named.

In the Medieval era, the knights took the “peacock vow” at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry.