Group has sights set on Christmas number one

Just Regional
Nov 15, 2016 3 mins read

A local group is making an audacious bid to get the top slot on the UK charts this December as Christmas number one.

Local church Proclaimers, which holds services at The Space on Roundtree Way, are the organisers behind this campaign, but they are not looking to do it on their own however, and are looking to involve the people of Norwich in helping them reach this goal.

Project co-ordinator Dr Phil Temple said: “Can you remember the last time there was a Christmas number one that was actually about Christmas? It was 2004 with Band Aid 20’s ‘Do they know it’s Christmas’. That was 12 years ago, and the last Christmas song before that was in 1990 with Cliff Richard’s ‘Saviour’s Day’.

“We think it’s time to have a Christmas number one song that is actually about Christmas and that celebrates all the great things everyone loves about the festive season!”

The group are aiming to write a feel-good Christmas song with input from people in Norwich for every element, from contributing suggestions for the melody, writing lyrics, video and graphics production, to performing in the song itself.

They are going to be working with local high schools and choirs on the project, but are open to suggestions from people across the city. They will be canvassing for lyrics in the city centre and will be holding auditions for those wanting to sing on the final release as well.

Once the song is released next month, profits from sales will be donated to local Norwich charities.

“We are hoping that if we can get the people of Norwich, Norfolk and then beyond to get on board via social media, we can create enough groundswell of interest and support that it will get the attention of the wider media, which may well just snowball to us being able to get Norwich the Christmas number one slot in the UK charts this year,” said Phil.

“We know local business groups like Norwich Business Improvement District are hoping to make Norwich the UK Christmas Capital, so what better than a Christmas song from the Christmas capital of the UK!”

If people are interested in supporting this campaign the group are using the hashtag #TheGreatest and can be found on facebook at @proclaimersnorwich on twitter and instagram. To be a part of the project, or to find out more, email christmassong@proclaimers.com.

Proclaimers Christmas Team

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