SandAid hopes for a festive hit

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The cream of the coast’s rock and pop talent is hoping for a mainstream Christmas hit with a SandAid charity song released this week.

We’ve Still Got Christmas was launched at what is now the new Tache Club, on Corporation Street, and has already raised more than £1,000 since being released last Monday.

The sold out event was filmed for live stream over the internet by Globe Gig, and Lancashire One filmed the last part of their documentary to feature on Sky Channel 203.

The download is available to purchase from iTunes, Amazon and other internet retailers at 79p, of which 50p from every sale up until December 31 will be donated to the Children in Need Appeal.

A global distribution deal is also in place, and the song, which has been played on BBC Radio Lancashire, will also be played by many independent global radio stations.

It will also be played to the troops in Afghanistan this Christmas on their local radio station.

Featured on the single are Tony Mitchell, Joanna Byrne, Mike Bairstow, Ian Hooper, Rob Bridge, Russ Smith, Nick and Rob Thompson, Mark Arnold, Jeff White, Brian Ball, Smooth Chalk, Emily Adams, Joe Orban, Ellen Millard, Judie Adams, Paul Dobie, Mandi Clifton, Vicky Greaves, Bobby Ball, Black Lace, and children from Carr Head and St Chad’s schools in Poulton.

The musicians involved are Dave Brindley, Andy Flynn, Rob Hulme, Jeff White, Roger Cartwright and Ian Hooper .

The song has been 12 months in the making, and was recorded at West Orange Studios, near Preston, famous for recording Cornershop’s Brimful of Asha.

“It is a tribute to the work which Bob Geldof achieved with Band Aid (hence the name),” says the song’s co-writer Rob Hume. “The lyrics tell of how, although we all suffer sadness, hardship, bereavement, abuse, we still try to celebrate Christmas, as it is one of the constant things in our lives. Of course some under privileged children don’t even have the opportunity to experience a Christmas at all, and it is for that reason we are doing this.

“We can’t change the problems of the world, but if we can make a little bit of a difference to somebody, then we have done our job,” said Rob.

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Fellow co-writer Ian Hooper said: “A chart position would be fantastic. We only need about 3,000 sales to achieve this, and if the people of Blackpool can support us by downloading the track, that would give us a step on to the national platform.”