NEVER mind the X Factor winning single, there’s another record to keep your eye on in the build-up to Christmas – and it’s Poolie through and through.
Volunteers at The Studio, in Tower Street, Hartlepool, with the help of the town-based Northern School of Music choir, have came up with a novel way to spread some Christmas cheer and boost the fortunes of Hartlepool United by creating a charity single.
After thinking up the festive fundraising idea, the song was written and recorded in a matter of weeks and is now set for iTunes.
But not before Pools fans get to listen to the track for the very first time when it is played out at Victoria Park both before kick off and at half time of Hartlepool United’s clash with Stevenage on Saturday.
Then, with just one click of a mouse, people can download the track and in the process raise cash for Hartlepool United and The Studio.
“The song sounds great,” beamed a proud Phil Swinburne, 45, a volunteer at The Studio who wrote the song and features on the recording.
“It’s up-tempo, it’s got a rock feel to it, I can’t wait to get it out there.”
Phil was delighted to welcome more than 40 youngsters from the Northern School of Music choir who sound “incredible” on the single, which is titled Stand Up and Be Counted.
The dad-of-one who lives in the Rossmere area of Hartlepool, added: “Hartlepool is a real tight community, and Hartlepool United and The Studio are both big parts of the community.
“I thought this was the perfect way to spread some Christmas cheer in the community and boost both the club and the venue.”
Hartlepool United’s PA announcer Phil Dunn is no stranger to Christmas singles. His band, the Passion Killers, sang their own rendition of Pools favourite Two Little Boys which peaked at 24 in the charts back in 2006 with the help of loyal fans.
He admitted he would love the charts to be home to a Hartlepool-based single once again – but said the most important element is raising cash for the club and The Studio.
“It’s actually a really, really good song,” he said. “Phil Swinburne told me his ideas for it and within weeks it was all done and ready to go.
“The Studio is valuable in the town and the song is also going to act as a pick-me-up at the football club.
“I’m looking forward to giving it a good push at The Vic.”
Toni Parker-Harvey, a vocal coach at the Northern School of Music, based in Church Square, said being involved in the song is a “unique experience” for the youngsters in the choir.
“It was a fantastic opportunity for them and they sound absolutely great,” she said.
A Hartlepool United spokesman added: “We are delighted The Studio has chosen to support the club in this way and we encourage all fans to get involved and show their festive spirit by downloading the song.”