Angela praises the Military Wives Choir which changed her life

Choir members who raised funds for the Royal British Legion and Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen Families Association by singing at a shopping centre in Plymouth. Angela Eames is pictured, third right, with, from left, Caro Clark, Carly Hyde, Ros Hyde, Mechelle Cooney, Gemma Martin, Heather Cresswell, front, Jo Cowell Read,left, and Louise Baines

Choir members who raised funds for the Royal British Legion and Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen Families Association by singing at a shopping centre in Plymouth. Angela Eames is pictured, third right, with, from left, Caro Clark, Carly Hyde, Ros Hyde, Mechelle Cooney, Gemma Martin, Heather Cresswell, front, Jo Cowell Read,left, and Louise Baines

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A WOMAN whose husband is in the Marines says she has made friends for life as part of the chart-topping Military Wives Choir.

Angela Eames, who grew up in Stamford, was among 100 women from the choir to clinch the coveted number one spot with their debut single Wherever You Are.

Mrs Eames, whose husband Philip is a colour sergeant with the Royal Marines, based at Plymouth, was with fellow choir members when the song was officially announced as the Christmas number one.

She said being in the choir had given her another focus in life.

Mrs Eames, 36, said: “I have definitely made some friends for life in the choir and I can’t imagine doing it without them now.

“When my husband goes away again, as I know he will in the future, I will have the support of the other wives, which is absolutely fantastic. They understand how I feel.”

The choir was put together from 100 wives and girl-friends of serving personnel for the BBC series The Choir under choirmaster Gareth Malone.

Mrs Eames, mother to Charlotte, 13, and seven-year-old George, said she was delighted to have achieved a number one single with her new friends.

She said: “When the choir first started we never thought anything like this would happen. It has completely spiralled out of control, but it’s wonderful.

“The whole experience has been so emotional, from hearing the song for the first time to seeing how much support we have. It has been so overwhelming.”

The women performed the song at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall and it was then released to raise money for the Royal British Legion and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association.

The Government agreed to waive the VAT on the single so every penny will go to the charities. It was released on December 19 and sold 556,000 copies last week, which was more than the rest of the top 12 singles combined.

It was also released in America this week, where Gareth Malone is currently promoting it.

Mrs Eames, 36, said: “We all went absolutely mad when we heard we made it to number one. Everyone’s phones were ringing with people calling to congratulate us and we had a few drinks to celebrate.”

The women and gathered together for the announcement, before returning to their homes in Plymouth and Chivenor to celebrate with their families.

The choir is now enjoying a rest before their next rehearsal on January 5.

Mrs Eames said the choir was not planning on giving up just yet.

She said: “We have got different things in the pipeline but it’s all under wraps at the moment.

“I love it so much. I’ll definitely be sticking with it.”