Exmouth urged to back Christmas song

Exmouth is being asked to get behind a composer from Exmouth whose Christmas song will support nine different charities.

A professional composer with family in Exmouth is hoping the town will download his Christmas song, backing a charity appeal.

Last year, Leigh Haggerwood - whose mother Beverley Palmer and sister Kelly Haggerwood live in Trefusis Terrace - hit the headlines when his group The Florin Street Band, attempted to beat the X-Factor finalist to the Christmas number one.

The band’s festive hit, My Favourite Time of Year, has this year been chosen by ITV to be the theme music for a Christmas charity appeal, supporting nine causes.

Text Santa will run throughout December every year, hosted by Ant and Dec.

The profits from this year’s UK downloads of the band’s song will be split equally between the nine Text Santa charities and Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.

Composer Leigh said: “We always felt it would take time for the song to become established and the past year has proved it.

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“Since its original release in 2010, My Favourite Time of Year has touched people around the world and looks set to become a classic.”

The nine charities are: Carers UK, Crisis, Help the Hospices, Samaritans, WRVS, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, The Noah’s Ark Appeal, Helping Hand, and Yorkhill Children’s Foundation.

For more information go to www.florinstreet.com