Barry shoppers look back on 2012 - and forward to 2013!
4:00pm Monday 31st December 2012 in News
BARRY residents and shoppers have been making their New Year's resolutions as they prepare to welcome in 2013. As 2012 comes to a close many people have vowed to give up smoking, lose weight and spend more time with their family in the forthcoming year.
The Barry and District News spoke to shoppers on Holton Road to see what their highlights had been in the past year, as well as what plans they have for the New Year, which will also herald the Chinese year of the Snake...
* ROBERT Ingram, 61, said: "My New Year's resolution is to keep close to my family this year. The highlight of my year was when I went to see my daughter in Perth, Australia. However, I now have to pay off all my credit cards next year!"
* AMANDA Coleman, from Llantwit Major, said that she is looking forward to ‘wedded bliss’ after recently getting married. Amanda, 44, said: "I’m looking forward to married life. We got married on September 29 and are going to have our marriage blessed in the New Year."
Her husband Stephen, 57, said: "My New Year's resolution is for my wife to let me go fishing more!"
Stephen, a bellringer, added: "One of the highlights of the year for me was when my 17-year old-nephew, who was diagnosed with leukaemia when he was four years old, passed his driving test.
"Next year I’m going to do a sponsored bell ringing for three hours in aid of LATCH and Cancer Research."
* MUM-of-three Suzanne Norris, of Digby Street, said: "I’ve got the same New Year's resolution as every year: lose weight and go on a diet! I’ve just booked a holiday to Tunisia next year and I’m looking forward to that."
She added: "I’m looking forward to bringing in the New Year with family and friends."
* PETER Tasher, 62, from Sully, is looking to get fitter in 2013. "I’m 62 now and I have a history of heart attacks over the last ten years so I need to get fit," he said.
Peter, who campaigns for Guide Dogs for the Blind, said: "My highlight of 2012 was my holiday to Thailand. I spent three days in Bangkok and another three in Koh Samui."
* JOHN Turner, of Masefield Road in Penarth, said: "I’m going to give up smoking in the New Year. I have been thinking about it for eight months now. I’m not going to try any substitutes, I’m just going to go cold turkey!"
John, 61, added: "I’m looking forward to going on holiday to the Caribbean next year too."