Song gets backing from Jeff

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A CHARITY single supporting Hartlepool United and a popular town music venue is available to download – and it already has the support of Jeff Stelling.

The Studio 11, volunteers at the Tower Street-based venue, teamed up with talented youngsters from the Northern School of Music, based in Hartlepool’s Church Square, to record Stand Up and Be Counted, a high-tempo rock-style record which was written to raise cash for Pools and The Studio.

The song was made available to download on iTunes at the weekend and Pools fans got the chance to hear it for the very first, and second time, when the club’s PA announcer, Phil Dunn, gave it an airing at Victoria Park ahead of the game with Stevenage and again at half time.

And it did not take long for Hartlepool-born Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling to give the record his backing when he urged people to log on to iTunes and download the track during his Soccer Saturday show at the weekend.

“It’s a brilliant start for us,” said Phil Swinburne, 45, a volunteer at The Studio and writer of the song.

“For Jeff Stelling to mention it was absolutely great, I was over the moon when I heard that.

“Obviously the more downloads we get the more money we make for the club and for The Studio so I’m pretty sure Jeff’s backing will help us there.”

Phil is naturally hoping to raise as much as possible with the record, but says it’s also about raising awareness of The Studio,

The dad-of-one, who lives in the Rossmere area of Hartlepool, added: “The publicity for both us and the club is great.

“The more it gets mentioned and people talk about it, the better for us.

“The record sounds really good, even if I say so myself, and we’ve already had some great feedback.

“We can’t find out how many downloads we are getting, but hopefully it’s going really well.”

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