Lancaster flood victims Christmas song enters charts

Musicians and pupils onstage at The Grand recording It Won't Be Long 'Til Christmas
Musicians and pupils onstage at The Grand recording It Won't Be Long 'Til Christmas
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A Christmas song recorded by musicians, schoolchildren, footballers and Morecambe FC’s Christie The Cat in Lancaster last week has officially entered the charts.

It Won’t Be Long ‘Til Christmas was written, recorded and released in a matter of days by musicians from Lancaster and Morecambe, with all monies raised going to help flood victims in Lancashire and Cumbria.

The track is now available to buy on iTunes and Bandcamp, priced at 99p, and organisers Help The North are hoping the song and the sentiment behind it will go viral.

It has already garnered huge support in the local community, but the group is now hoping that as many people as possible will buy the track.

The atmospheric song was recorded at The Grand in Lancaster on Wednesday December 16, after musicians James Morrison, Jamie Walker and Luke Paget decided to help out those affected by the recent flooding across the two counties.

A music video has also been released on Youtube, produced by Lucie Carrington, charting the process leading up to the event at The Grand.

James Morrison, Jamie Walker and Luke Paget

James Morrison, Jamie Walker and Luke Paget

James, vocalist and guitarist of Morecambe-based Idol Minds, said: “We’re hoping that as many local businesses and community members as possible will get behind the project and hopefully we can make it a huge success and raise a large amount of money for the flood appeals.”

Morecambe FC players Barry Roche and Aaron Wildig, along with club mascot Christie The Cat attended the event, and musicians Molly Warburton, Amy-Jo Clough, Evie Plumb and Nick Latham all contributed to the song.

Pupils from Skerton St Lukes Primary School lent their voices on the night, and Moorside Primary School also contributed with a recording at the school.

Sign Out Loud from Beaumont College taught everyone the sign language to the song, and people came from far and wide to show their support.

It Won’t Be Long ‘Til Christmas was released on Friday December 18, and all proceeds will go to The Community Foundation for Lancashire Flood Appeal and Cumbria Flood Appeal.