You bet Brits are dreaming of a long hot summer next year

Talking about the weather is as British as fish and ships and drinking tea and according to a new survey carried out by leading bookmaker Coral, the fascination with weather extends into our New Year hopes too.

In a poll of 1,000 people carried out by the firm, the prospect of record breaking summer sunshine came out top with almost a quarter (23%) of the nation saying this was what they were most looking forward to in 2015, an outcome Coral price at 8/1.

With a busy year in prospect, a change in government came out second with one in five (17%) Brits listing this as the event they’re most looking forward to, followed by a more personal choice of their football team winning the league (11%).

Those aged over 65 said they were most looking forward to record breaking sunshine and a British Wimbledon win while 25-34 year olds are most excited about football team success and the new Royal baby’s arrival. Perhaps unsurprisingly, northerners are most dreaming of sunshine, Scots are hoping for a change in government and the Irish are hoping Rory McIlroy remains the World Number One.

When it comes to who’s making a New Year’s resolution this year, the poll reveals that the majority of the nation won’t be bothering, with only a third planning to commit (38%). Regionally, Brummies are twice as likely to be making a New Year’s resolution as those in Edinburgh while respondents aged between 25 and 34 were the most keen to make changes in 2015 with more than half (56%) planning to make a resolution.

With another busy year coming to a close, Coral is now looking ahead to what might be in store for 2015, offering odds on the likes of Prince Harry getting engaged, currently at 8/1, Harry Styles leaving One Direction at 6/1 and X Factor being axed at 5/2. Weather-wise, it’s 8/1 that 2015 will be the wettest year on record and evens for snow on New Year’s Day.

Coral spokesman David Stevens said: “There’s a lot to look forward to for next year, from new additions to the Royal family to a rugby World Cup but our poll shows that a sunny summer is what will lift the nation’s sprits most in 2015. Our current odds are at 8/1 that 2015 will be the hottest year on record, so all eyes will be on the forecasts in the months to come.”
Position Event Percentage
1 Record breaking summer sunshine 23%
2 A change in government 17%
3 Football team winning league 11%
4 Arrival of new Royal Baby 7%
=5 British Wimbledon win/ home rugby World Cup win 3.5%


Notes to Editors
Survey conducted by TLF Panel of 1000 respondents on behalf of Coral

Coral odds on the following events for 2015 include:
**Party to win most seats at the general election
10/11 Conservative, 10/11 Labour, 16/1 UKIP, 250/1 Liberal Democrats

**Hung Parliament after general election 1/3

**Celebrity Specials
Evens Mel B to get divorced
3/1 Simon Cowell to have another baby
6/1 Simon Cowell to get married
2/1 Cheryl Fernandez-Versini to announce she is expecting
10/1 Cheryl Fernandez-Versini to get divorced
6/4 Kanye West and Kim Kardashian to divorce
4/1 Jay Z and Beyonce to divorce
4/1 Nicole and Lewis Hamilton to get married
1/2 Justin Bieber to get arrested
8/1 Lindsay Lohan to get arrested
10/1 One Direction to split up
6/1 Harry Styles to leave One Direction, but band stay together
33/1 Take That to become two
5/1 Take That to split
4/1 Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards to marry
8/1 Fifty Shades of Grey to be the biggest box office hit
4/1 Miley Cyrus to go to rehab
Evs George Clooney and Amal to announce they are having a baby
6/4 Rihanna to announce she is pregnant
25/1 UK winning the Eurovision
1,000,000/1 Russell Brand becoming Prime Minister

**Weather Specials
8/1 To be wettest year on record
7/1 To be hottest year on record
10/1 To be coldest year on record
Evs Snow on New Year’s Day in any UK city in the UK

**Royal Specials
8/1 Prince Harry to get engaged
33/1 Prince Harry to get married
25/1 Prince Harry to become a father
3/1 Kate and Will to have twins
10/1 Kate and William to announce they are pregnant again
6/4 Pippa Middleton to get engaged/married
3/1 Pippa Middleton to move to the US
3/1 The Queen to abdicate the throne
25/1 Princess Eugenie to get married
16/1 Princess Beatrice to get married
8/1 Nude photos of any royal family member to be leaked

**Reality TV Specials
5/2 X Factor to be axed
33/1 Strictly Come Dancing to be axed
20/1 Dancing On Ice to return
Evens Cheryl to quit X Factor
25/1 Ant & Dec to quit I’m A Celeb
20/1 Katie Price to win CBB
7/1 Big Brother to be axed from Channel 5
3/1 Ben Haenow to have a UK No.1 Album
5/1 Haenow to be dropped by record label


Further Information Contact
David Stevens 07720 400438