Military Wives storm Oxford Street

The ladies from Chivenor and Plymouth woo Christmas shoppers outside HMV as they launch their Christmas number one bid with a festive performance.

THE Military Wives Choir, now red hot favourites to take the Christmas number one spot, delighted London shoppers this morning (Tuesday.)

A total of 25 ladies from the Chivenor and Plymouth based choirs performed their hit single Wherever You Are outside the HMV Oxford Street store, joined by celebrity choirmaster Gareth Malone for the festive launch of their charity single.

At last count bookmakers William Hill had the choir as favourites to top the seasonal charts at a massive 1/12 on, well ahead of nearest rival and late contender Lou Monte at 10/1, with X Factor winners Little Mix now at 20/1.

Yesterday the choir were also joined by BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans, who headed to HMV as soon as he finished his breakfast show, to continue his strong support of the women’s chart bid.

Proceeds from the single will go to the Royal British Legion plus military charity SSAFA and there is already a huge surge of public support for it, on the back of the choir’s appearance with Gareth in BBC Two’s The Choir: Military Wives.

Gennaro Costaldo at HMV said the company had already increased its order to get more copies of the single into stores, following huge numbers of online pre-orders, thought to already be up to six figures.

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“It’s a lovely story, which I think is heart-warming and why so many people are responding to it,” he told the Gazette.

“We think it has a good chance of selling strongly across the week as families do their Christmas shopping.”

Choir members will also be appearing on the Graham Norton Show on BBC One this Friday at 9.30pm, plus Lorraine Kelly’s 8.30am show on ITV Friday morning.

Rachel Woosey from the choir added: “Once again thank you to everybody for their support, which has been amazing. The local support from North Devon has been lovely and I think all of the girls have been touched by it.”

Rupert Adams at bookmakers William Hill warned supporters of the Military Wives not to get complacent, after a late minute push from Dominick the Donkey, a 1960s Christmas song by Italian American singer Lou Monte, trotted into second place.

“If you are charity minded, a backer of the forces or like the Military Wives’ song, get out and buy it as quickly as possible because its’ still not a sure thing,” he said.

“Everyone needs to back up their support by actually buying a copy too.”

The song is now available at high street stores and retails outlets, including or online via HMV, iTunes and Amazons.

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