Villager vies for Christmas chart success

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A man from Ashby St Ledgers has penned a traditional Christmas song which he hopes will sprinkle some instant nostalgia on the charts.

Will Johnston wrote Father Christmas Baby while he was recovering at home from a car accident.

And now the tune, composed by the 44-year-old, of Ashby St Ledgers, has been released to download.

Describing the inspiration behind the song, Mr Johnston said: “I had a car crash earlier in the year and was lying there feeling a bit sorry for myself.

“I tried to cheer myself up by watching things like the Muppets Christmas Carol.

“It got me thinking about Christmas songs, which should be upbeat and uplifting. That has all been taken away by X-Factor. It’s so corporate.

“It is 40 years since Wizzard and Slade and people still love those songs. I think there is always some room for some instant nostalgia.”

It is sung by former West End actress Caroline Fenna, from Great Houghton, and was recorded at Big Noise Studios in Northampton.

The song was recorded with Northampton-based production staff and session musicians.

Entertainment runs in the family for Mrs Johnston as he is the grandson of the late entertainer Stanley Unwin.

He lived near Long Buckby and was well-known for his own nonsense language, Unwinese.

The song is available to purchase on Amazon, iTunes and Spotify.