Staff and volunteers at Corby Radio have got together with former members of the 1970s group St Cecilia to record what they hope will be a Christmas hit single.
Shout Out Merry Christmas was written by Keith Hancock and Ricky Moss of the Corby group which stormed the charts in 1971 with Leap Up and Down (Wave Your Knickers in the Air).
It is hoped the new single will be a hit and raise much-needed funds for Corby Radio.
Station manager Des Barber said: “At the station we are always looking for unique ways to try to raise the amount of money it takes to keep us on air full-time.
“I have known Keith for many years and mentioned to him that we would love to put out a single that would bring in some funds.
“He said that he had a Christmas song that he had written at the end of the ‘70s that was due for a revival, and suggested we use that.”
Wasting no time to get it out in time for Christmas, the song was recorded, burned to disc, labelled, packaged and launched at the weekend.
Although Ricky moved away from the area many years ago, Keith and St Cecilia’s guitarist John Proctor meet every week to write and record in Keith’s home studio, and thoroughly enjoyed the time they spent on the new single.
Keith said: “I am so pleased the guys at Corby Radio liked the song and wanted to be a part of the recording.
“If it helps to raise money to keep the station on air I will be delighted.”
John added: “It’s fantastic that the song has been recorded, and hopefully will help to keep the radio station in my home town of Corby broadcasting for a long time to come.”
Shout Out Merry Christmas is available on CD for £1.99 from Corby Radio’s station in Corporation Street in the town centre.
It can also be downloaded from the shop section on the station’s website.
Des said: “Keith and John, along with the guys from Corby Radio, are keeping everything crossed and hoping that it will be a huge hit.”