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Pensioners eye Christmas number one

Published 26/09/2011 | 13:22

Fron Male Voice Choir is making a bid for the coveted Christmas number one chart spot
Fron Male Voice Choir is making a bid for the coveted Christmas number one chart spot

A group of pensioners is aiming to take on the X Factor winner for the Christmas number one - with a cover of vintage hit Grandad.

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Fron Male Voice Choir, who became unlikely album chart stars in 2006 with top ten release Voices Of The Valley, are aiming to challenge the TV talent champ.

The ensemble - whose average age is 66 - have recorded the song which Clive Dunn took to the top of the charts more than 40 years ago.

The choir's new recording sees them accompanied by their own grandchildren.

Record label Decca announced the track is to come out on December 19, so it will go head-to-head with the X Factor winner's release for the festive chart-topper.

Dunn's original version missed out on the Christmas slot in 1970 due to a strike which affected the pressing plant, meaning supply could not meet demand.

The track was written by respected musician Herbie Flowers - who supplied the bassline to Lou Reed's Walk On The Wild Side and spent many years in instrumental group Sky - and Keith Pickett.

Fron Choir are also trying to raise awareness of Grandparents Day, which falls on the first Sunday in October.

Grandad will feature on their forthcoming album Voices Of The Valley: The Ultimate Collection.

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