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YOUR New Year resolutions

PUBLISHED: 17:07 07 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:22 23 August 2010

Estelle Turtle

Estelle Turtle

IT S that time of year when people usually resolve to lose weight, quit smoking or detox to make a new start. But will this year s shaky economic climate cause us to spend less and save more. We asked residents what they will change for 2009… Estelle T

Gurjeet Singh

IT'S that time of year when people usually resolve to lose weight, quit smoking or detox to make a new start. But will this year's shaky

economic climate cause us to spend less and save more. We asked residents what they

will change for 2009...

Estelle Turtle, 45, from Gravesend, said: "My first one would be to go to the gym more often, but I also want to help my husband Barry raise £5,000 for a trip to Africa.

So far we have raised £3,500, so I will be continuing the fundraising next year."

Darren Bruce, 38, a builder from Higham, said: "To be honest I really don't go in for it at all, I haven't ever done it.

"I think that if there is anything that needs to be changed, then you should do it any time in the year anyway."

Ernest Curtis, 80, of Riverview, Gravesend, retired, said: "This year, me and my wife are going to make a resolution to be as sociable as we can. I think that is very important. We will go the retirement club as often as we can."

Gurjeet Singh, 23, a construction worker from Gravesend said: "I would like to do all I can to see the 32-storey tower in Gravesend get the go ahead, because it would mean that there would be a lot of jobs in construction for people like me, rather than having to go to London for all the work"

Cyril Whitehead, 83, Rochester Road, Gravesend, said: "I am an 83-year-old man, so for me, a New Years resolution would be to try and live for another year. I want to live happy and see my grandchildren, and my son, and all of my family as much as I can."

Carol Ashley, 67, of St Georges Crescent, Gravesend, said: "2008 has been a very extravagant one for me in terms of the amount of money I have spent.

"This year I will now be far more careful with my money especially because of the financial situation the country is in."

Steve Clark, 31, of Exeter Road, Gravesend, said: "This year I just want to make sure I have more fun, spend about the same amount of money, but get even more drunk."

David Pearce, 63, of Winchester Crescent, Gravesend, said: "I spent 22 years in the army, and my New Year's resolution would be to do everything possible to make the government see sense and finally bring back our troops back from Iraq.

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