Edinburgh celebs reveal New Year resolutions

Getting fit is always a popular resolution. Picture: Tony Marsh
Getting fit is always a popular resolution. Picture: Tony Marsh
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YOU’RE struggling to button up your jeans, you have a spare tyre that definitely wasn’t there before, and you’ve enough boxes of chocolates lying round the house to build a replica of the Empire State Building.

Yes, the tell-tale signs that you’ve had a great Christmas are all there – so now it’s time to get rid of them.

Many of us will undoubtedly cite “lose weight” or “get fit” amongst our New Year’s resolutions, but what else will we be pledging to do – or not – in 2015?

We’ve asked some well-known Edinburgh faces to share their resolutions with us.

Lynne McNicoll

Founder of It’s Good To Give

“Most of my resolutions are It’s Good To Give related.

“2015 is a very special year for us as we start building the Ripple Retreat. I have these New Year’s resolutions already printed on a list on my desk. Raise £250,000 by June 2015 is right there at top of list. Make our Young Ambassadors Programme an amazing experience for them and help them become superb volunteers for us now and other charities in the future. That is going to take up most of my time, not surprisingly, but I do have one personal resolution – and that is to get fit and lose weight. No more kidding myself or saying I am too busy – it is too important to be healthier than I am now. They may only be three resolutions but they are three I intend to keep!”

Paul Wedgwood

Head chef and owner of Wedgwood the Restaurant

“To keep going out on my bike foraging for new ingredients, at least one new flavour a month, for my menu at Wedgwood the Restaurant, even though I have now passed my driving test and could use the car instead!”

Karen Koren

Artistic director of Gilded Balloon

“I want an improvement in my health and my weight as always. I’d also love to be alcohol-free in January but I can’t see that happening! I’m not great at sticking to New Year’s resolutions but I would like to take off about a stone in weight. I will start very positively – and then we’ll see!”

Tom Norris

Trams boss

“I have a target to climb 30 Munros including the Inaccessible Pinnacle. I plan to get to the gym at least three times a week, every week, for some spin and body attack. Edinburgh Trams focus will be to deliver an even more reliable service. In summary, 2015 will be music, adventures and family.”

Judith Ralston

TV weather presenter

“I’m actually thinking of going to church more. It’s a nice peaceful place to think and with all the things that have happened in the world over the past year, I think it will be a good place to spend more time.”

Jason Gallagher

Head chef and owner of The Stockbridge Restaurant

“To cycle into work every day to get fitter, to reduce the post-quitting smoking paunch that has developed since quitting in 2014!”

Chris Tiso

Outdoor retailer and adventurer and honorary president of the Scouts in Scotland

“To make more time for running.”

Grant Stott

Radio DJ and panto villain

“To promise to tidy up and de-clutter my CD and DVD collection which has been an ongoing project for a couple of years now.”

Susan Morrison


“I think giving things up is for quitters. I don’t like giving things up – especially gin – so instead I’ve made a list of things I’d like to do. It’s much more fun. I’d like to learn how to cook so an evening course would be good. Cleaning a cupboard, I also recently found I’ve a higher in German which I’d forgotten about so I might pick that up again.”