Notts WI members bid for Christmas number one with 'upbeat' cover of hymn

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Members of a Nottinghamshire Women's Institute will be bidding for a Christmas number one with their 'upbeat' rendition of a classic hymn.

Sixty-five members of the Lapwings WI, based in Papplewick, have recorded a cover of Jerusalem, which will be released on Wednesday (November 15).

The members, aged between 23 and 90, have also recorded a music video.

The video pays homage to a number of films including Calendar Girls, with the women "cheekily" hiding behind a wall and trying to look as though they are nude.

Proceeds raised by sales of the single will be split between the WI and the Ashfield School choir, which helped the women arrange and practice the song.

Debbi Perkins, the 50-year-old president of the club, said: "I like to make us do things that no other WI has ever done before, to do something different that's fun for everybody.

"We want to make it to Christmas number one. It would mean everything, it would be the achievement of a lifetime.

The women pay homage to the film Calendar Girls

The women pay homage to the film Calendar Girls

"It has been the best fun I have ever had. It was hard work at times getting everyone together, but to see the ladies enjoying it so much and feeling like film stars has been phenomenal.

"It was hysterical making it and even if nothing else comes of it, the fact that the ladies had an amazing time will be worth it."

Members of Lapwings WI make a music video for their number one attempt

Julie Chambers, 57, of Arnold, said: "Debbi comes up with these balmy ideas and you go along with it because you just think, when am I going to get to do this again?

"Before I joined I had this image of what a WI was like, all cakes and jam competitions, but we are nothing like that."

Kath Howard, 65, of Papplewick, added: "Recording this was just magical, the chance of a lifetime, although it is a bit daunting when you haven’t sung for many years.

"You watch your grandchildren and children doing these things and it is great to give it a go too."

Thomas Atkins is assistant head of PE and performing arts at Ashfield School in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

He said: "We were delighted to be invited to assist the WI in their endeavour to record a modern version of Jerusalem.

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"This was a perfect opportunity for the students to take a step back from performing themselves and support others in a new musical venture."

The group's version of Jerusalem will be available to download on iTunes from Wednesday (November 15). Hard copies will also be available from the WI.