Thursday 12 December 2019

Wurzels' hit heads cider campaign

The Wurzels' hit I'm A Cider Drinker could top the charts
The Wurzels' hit I'm A Cider Drinker could top the charts

The Wurzels' novelty hit I'm A Cider Drinker is to be used as a rallying cry for protests over Budget hikes in alcohol duty.

A campaign is under way to take the band, known for hits such as Combine Harvester, to the top of the charts to highlight the backlash against Chancellor Alistair Darling's tax increases on cider.

Now the scrumpy-loving West Country group have pledged to donate profits from sales of their song to charity.

A Facebook group set up to drum up support for the campaign has nearly 800 members.

Its founder, Chris Russ, has written: "Alister (sic) Darling has put 10 per cent tax on cider above inflation. Show your displeasure at this way of taxing the ordinary working man!"

The Wurzels, who call their genre of music "Scrumpy and Western", said proceeds from download sales of the song would go to Sport Relief because they did not want to make a profit from "the misery of cider drinkers".

This pledge applies only to sales of the version of I'm A Cider Drinker on the Top Of The Crops album, to which they own the rights.

The band, who on Thursday spoke out against the tax after the Budget was announced, said: "We're really glad to be donating sales from this version of the song to Sport Relief as we don't want to be benefiting from the misery of cider drinkers."

PA Media

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