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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Stobart truckers turn singers in bid to land Xmas number one - and help charity

Eddie Stobart truckers have turned singers and launched a bid to land the Christmas number one.

William Stobart photo
William Stobart

Cumbria’s kings of the road want to become top of the pops with their rendition of 12 Days of Christmas.

Drivers swapped their steering wheels for microphones at London’s famous Sarm Studios to make their festive recording.

Money raised from the single’s sale will go towards the charity Help for Heroes, which supports ex-servicemen.

In recognition of the truckers’ work, the lyrics will include “four frozen turkeys”, “ten mince pies” and “seven spotters spotting” – referring to the iconic trucking firm’s legion of fans.

Stobart Group chief operating officer William Stobart said: “The drivers have worked hard recording the song and it’s for a very worthwhile cause that is close to the hearts of many of us at Eddie Stobart.

“Help for Heroes does a fantastic job in providing direct support to individuals and their families and we really want the British public to get behind this single and raise as much money as possible to ensure this important work continues.”

More than 10 per cent of Stobart drivers have served in the armed forces.

The stars of the parody single are 10 drivers made famous by the Channel 5 documentary series Eddie Stobart: Trucks & Trailers, which has regularly attracted two million viewers.

It is released as a music and video download – priced 79p and £1.29 respectively – on December 17.

But it faces tough competition and will need the backing of its fans if it is to top the charts for Christmas.

Other contenders will be the winner of the X Factor, who will be decided this weekend, the Military Wives’ Choir and The Justice Collective, a song in memory of the Hillsborough stadium disaster which features Sir Paul McCartney and Robbie Williams.

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