Royston woman bids for Christmas number one

A WOMAN is hoping to hit the coveted Christmas number one spot as part of a choir formed at the London 2012 Olympics.

Alison Bass, 42 of Highlands, Royston, is one of 30 singers making up the Games Maker Choir.

Their single, entitled I Wish For You The World, is out on Sunday, and will be going up against the likes of X Factor winner James Arthur in a bid to top the charts on Christmas Day.

Mrs Bass, who was a volunteer Games Maker at the Olympic Park, said the choir started when a few volunteers got together for a sing-song.

She said: “We sung in the bandstand at the park and had quite a lot of interest, we went on a couple of local radio stations, and there were some clips on YouTube.

“It’s just snowballed from there really. We were contacted by Alistair Griffin [writer of the song] and recorded it a few weeks ago.”

The group are signed to Decca, the record company behind last year’s Christmas number one single, Wherever You Are by the Military Wives. I Wish For You The World got it’s first radio airplay on Radio Two’s Chris Evans Breakfast Show last Friday, a moment which Alison described as “bizarre”.

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She said: “I was driving at the time and had to pull over and listen. It was so bizarre hearing our song on the radio.

“There are a lot of great songs out there trying to get to number one but it’s great to be in the running and I think we’ve got a good chance.”

Proceeds from the single will be split the British Paralympic Association and the British Olympic Foundation.

“It’s a really unexpected legacy of the games,” said Alison. “To be able to raise money for these two charities is a wonderful way to end a fantastic year.”