Why Ripon could be climbing the charts with a Christmas single this year

Lily Worth. Picture: Paul Oldham.
Lily Worth. Picture: Paul Oldham.

Every year we eagerly wait to find out who's claimed that coveted Christmas number one spot, and this year we think the people of Ripon deserve to take the charts by storm with their mass city-wide cover of the Wizzard classic, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday.

Inspired by Ripon's community spirit, talented singer Lily Worth, 23, who shone on stage in the Market Square at the Tour de Yorkshire, is inviting community groups, businesses and residents to sing and be filmed for a music video which proudly shows off everything that makes the city special.

Lily came up with the idea while listening to Christmas music more than two months early - well, why not!

Lily said: "I'd like to invite people from all walks of Ripon life - shop workers, schools, residents, taxi drivers, bus drivers, emergency workers, and anyone else who wants to join in to take part in making a Christmas song for Ripon.

"I just think this could be a great way of bringing everyone together. I thought I'd see how much interest there is in the project to see if it takes off, but I got so much interest from a post I put on Facebook that I've gone for it. So many people want to be involved."

The music video will feature stunning Ripon backdrops and places of local interest, and Lily hopes that crowds could join in with singing the song for part of the video at this year's Christmas lights switch-on.

Businesses and Ripon groups already leaping on board with the project include the Moors Care Centre, the Ripon Rolling Tones singing group, the March Hare Cafe, and the Mindfulspace Wellbeing Company.

Maryse Haywood from the Ripon Rolling Tones, said: "I think it's a great idea to help really bring the community together. Ripon Rolling Tones are very much into being part of the community and bringing joy with our singing in residential homes and other places, so we thought it's ideal for us to be involved in this to really be part of that community feel at such a lovely time of year."

To take part in the song for Ripon project as a singer or video editor, contact Lily by emailing lworth94@gmail.com or calling 07896914538.