Matt Terry, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson - Songs in contention with Norwich group for Christmas number one 2016

Some of the people in the running for Christmas number one. Picture Archant Library

Some of the people in the running for Christmas number one. Picture Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

An audacious bid to get a Norwich Christmas charity single to number one got off to a great start this weekend with the accompanying music video receiving more than 50,000 views in just a few days.

Driven by the desire for a genuinely Christmassy Number one after years of songs about anything but Christmas, the charity single is a the result of ​a collective initiative of people from Norwich, who have come together in bid for chart success with the song - Dance Tonight (It's Christmas).

The Christmas Collective, made up of amongst others a waitress, taxi driver, music shop employee and an overseas student have been brought together as the result of a initiative by Norwich based church, Proclaimers.

'We wanted to produce a song that was all about what people love about Christmas,' said Phil Temple, the co-ordinator behind the project. 'It's been 12 years since we last had a song about Christmas as the Christmas number one here in the UK. So we decided it's time to make Christmas number one Christmassy again.'

The group have spent the last month using social media to collaborate with the community to piece together a catchy Christmas song which will be released on Friday December 16.

Profits from the song will be shared between two Norwich based charities - Break and Love Norwich.

The official Christmas number one race runs from December 16 to 22, with the winner crowned on December 23.

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Other songs in the running for Christmas number one

• Matt Terry - 'When Christmas Comes Around': For the first time since the show began the X Factor winner's single is a festive affair. Producers roped in Suffolk-singer Ed Sheeran to pen an original Christmas song and it is currently the bookies favourite.

• Friends of Jo Cox - 'You Can't Always Get What You Want': Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs and KT Tunstall have been joined by a number of MPs to record a cover of The Rolling Stones classic to raise funds for the new Jo Cox Foundation.

• Louis Tomlinson and Steve Aoki - 'Just Hold On': The debut solo single from the former One Direction singer may not be the most festive song but it is racing up the charts following the pair's performance on The X Factor final which came just a day after the death of Tomlinson's mother.

• The London Hospices Choir - 'The Living Years': This choir is made up of more than 300 patients, staff and volunteers from 18 hospices in the capital. The cover of the Mike & The Mechanic song is raising money for the hospice network.

• Zayn Malik and Taylor Swift - 'I Don't Want To Live Forever': The A-list duo may have thrown in a late contender for the festive top spot without even realising it with their new collaboration. Released ahead of the new Fifty Shades Darker film, the pair's enormous fan base could help propel them to the top.

• Cruz Beckham - 'If Everyday Was Christmas': The Eleven-year-old has released his first ever single, which has caused controversy amongst some, with proceeds from sales going to Global's Make Some Noise charity.

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