A STAMFORDIAN is among dozens of women desperately hoping their charity single will be this year’s Christmas number one.
Angela Eames is a member of the Military Wives Choir which has taken the country by storm since appearing in a BBC documentary this summer.
The group of Armed Forces wives, which was launched by choirmaster Gareth Malone for the television series, has gone on to perform for the Queen and record their own single, Wherever You Are, which is now the bookies’ favourite to top the festive charts.
Angela, who grew up in Stamford, is overwhelmed by the public’s response to the song, which is based on letters the wives wrote to their husbands while serving in Afghanistan.
She said: “Joining the choir has been amazing. It was hard not to cry when we first heard the song. It sums up how every forces wife feels and it is hard to keep your emotions to yourself.
“To look around the room and see the faces and tears of the other wives reminds you that we are in this together.”
Angela, whose husband Philip is a Colour Sergeant with the Royal Marines in Plymouth, has been rehearsing with the choir every week since June.
Like the other members, her husband was away serving in Afghanistan when the choir was launched so she had to juggle her job as a lunchtime supervisor at a Plymouth primary school with looking after her two children, seven-year-old George and Charlotte, 13.
She said: “It has been lovely to have a night to myself to go out and enjoy spending time with the other girls.”
The choir now has a packed schedule as they go head to head with this year’s X Factor winner in the battle to be number one.
Some of the women sang for the prime minister at Downing Street this week and others, including Angela, will appear on Strictly Come Dancing this weekend.
Proceeds from the single, which will be released on December 19, will go to the Royal British Legion and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association.
Former Queen Eleanor School pupil Angela, 36, said: “To be able to sing our feelings and know that we are helping two fantastic charities is an amazing feeling.”