A primary school is battling with the likes of Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey and X Factor winner Dalton Harris to bag this year’s Christmas number one.
Pupils and staff at Flakefleet Primary School in Fleetwood were inspired to record an original song and shoot a video after a student said it was their dream to be a popstar with a hit single.
Thinking it was a great idea, headteacher Dave McPartlin and his staff rallied together to find music producers, engineers and recording studios willing to donate their time to help make their dream come true.
After much publicity, and backing from the likes of singer Alfie Boe and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the song, Light Up, shot into the race for this year’s Christmas number one as short as 4/1.
They have since drifted to around 20/1, but that's still a pretty impressive feat for a school in Lancashire.
Dave said: “We are currently defying the odds and on track to mount a serious challenge to the coveted Christmas top spot this year.
“I am so proud of all the staff and students.”
The chosen track was put together after children were tasked to submit ideas and lyrics, with the video—recorded on Dave’s phone—based at a local care home after it was decided sales from the song would help raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Dave said: “We came up with the idea of shooting the pop video with residents from the local care home who we enjoy a close relationship with. The residents visit school weekly and vice versa; the children and elderly residents love meeting up and their interactions are truly heart-warming.
“We then set about taking out the residents with some of our children, over three days, for an incredible time of fun and laughter.”
While they’re doing well they still have a long way to go—Ariana Grande is currently odds-on to top the charts on Friday, December 21.
She’s followed by the likes of Ava Max, 6/1, Dalton Harris, 16/1 and Mariah Carey, 16/1.
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