Who will hold the Christmas number one song this year? Today is the last day of sales before the number one is announced tomorrow, and there are several charity singles in the line up as well as reality TV stars. Three of the charity singles are from Yorkshire and one of them is a group of ex coal miners from Doncaster raising money for local food banks.
The group known as the Hatfield Brigade have recorded an original song, penned by Joe Solo, called Merry Christmas from Hatfield Main. The Hatfield Brigade is made up of ex miners and their families, who worked the Hatfield Main colliery in South Yorkshire, which closed in June 2015 and featured in the 1996 Ewan McGregor film “Brassed Off”.
The song is to thank towns, such as Bradford and Shipley, which donated to the mining communities during the 1984/85 strike. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, film maker Ken Loach, the RMT union and London Black Cabbies are backing the song to hit the coveted Christmas number one spot, with some bookies having had odds of 33-1 on the single.
The idea was brought together by members of the UK Miner’s Pension Scheme Association and We Shall Overcome anti-austerity movement. At Christmas in 1984 trucks were sent from towns such as Bradford to the mining communities in South Yorkshire with food and Christmas presents and these were all donated from members of the different communities in Bradford and showed the true meaning of Christmas.
Now the ex miners want to give back and will be donating all proceeds to food banks in Doncaster and other ex mining communities in England, Scotland and Wales. The song can be downloaded on popular streaming services such as Spotify and iTunes. There is also a video of the song on the video sharing site YouTube.
Other charity songs in the running for the Christmas number one include a version of the Rolling Stones classic “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by the friends of Jo Cox in tribute to the late Batley and Spen MP who was murdered this year. There is also “My Chip Pans on Fire” by Sheffield firefighters and is a joke cover of the Kings of Leon track “Sex on Fire”. This is a bid to stop people burning their houses down by cooking when they are drunk, especially chips in a chip pan.
All three songs are raising money for good causes and we wish them well in the race for the celebrated number one slot.
Jordan’s Solicitors are a Yorkshire based firm who are looking back at the Vibration White Finger claims ex miners made under the Government scheme as many of the claims were under settled by the original solicitors who handled the claim. Call our team today free on 03303 001103 to discuss your claim or to see if you are eligible. Or click here for a call back.