Military Wives Single Is Christmas Number 1

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The Military Wives choir has marched to the top of the charts, taking the coveted Christmas number one spot.

Their single, Wherever You Are, sold 556,000 copies in the last week, more than the rest of the top 12 combined, the Official Charts Company said.

Gareth Malone formed the group for BBC2 programme The Choir, which climaxed with the group performing at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.

Proceeds from the single are being donated to the Royal British Legion and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA).

The choir's success was announced at 3pm today, during the festive edition of BBC1's Top Of The Pops.

Malone said: "This is so surreal. Who would have guessed in those first rehearsals that we could take Christmas Number 1?

"It's testament to the Military Wives' hard work and the nation's support of them, as well as the power of choral singing.

"It's a winning combination - a Christmas Number 1 winning combination! Thank you to the British public for supporting the Royal British Legion and SSAFA Forces Help by buying this single.

"Chris Evans and Radio 2 have helped us to showcase the talent and strength of these amazing women. The support of the British military for the choir has been fantastic. I'm delighted that they have found their voice. We did it!"

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