A mum from Preston is part of a special group launching a bid for Christmas number one.
Singer Abby Scott, who grew up in Woodplumpton but now lives in Staffordshire, joins Flight Lieutenant Matt Little, 12-year-old Canterbury Cathedral chorister William Inscoe, and the RAF Spitfire Choir on the track called ‘1914 – A Christmas Carol’.
The song, composed by Abby’s husband Chris Eaton, who wrote the Christmas number one Saviour’s Day for Cliff Richard, celebrates the power of Christmas to bring peace in the midst of war and commemorates those who fought in World War One.
Proceeds from the track will benefit the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, and ABF The Soldier’s Charity.
A video was recorded this week at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey.
Abby, 29, said: “It’s a huge honour to be involved in this song and share the message of peace at Christmas.
“Recording the video at Westminster Abbey at the Grave of the Unknown Solider, alongside today’s servicemen and women was an incredibly powerful experience.
“As a mum, I can’t even imagine sending my son off to war or having my husband not come home. And almost every family and every village in the country was affected by the Great War.
“Our song honours both those who died and the families who grieved back at home.”
Although Abby doesn’t have a current connection with the Armed Forces, the song has peaked her interest in researching her family history.
On the song, she represents the ordinary people – the wives and mums – who were affected by the War.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of peace breaking out in the First World War trenches, when English and German troops stopped fighting, sang songs and played football.
The It will be available for pre-order online later this month. For more information: www.rafbf.org/1914