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Kent couple Sue Plummer and Dennis Potter bid for Christmas number one

By John Nurden

Two songwriters from Kent are hoping to follow in Noddy Holder's footsteps and create a Christmas number one.

Sue Plummer and Dennis Potter have recorded Santa's Grate Christmas and released it on YouTube today.

But will it become a classic like the Slade hit Merry Xmas Everybody?

Sue, who works at Canterbury Christ Church University's Medway campus, said: "We are original songwriters/composers who work and live in Kent and want to become contenders for the number one Christmas song this year.

"We thought Christmas needs a new song so we have written one called Santa's Grate Christmas."

She added: "We aren't what people might expect. We are in our late 50s for a start.

Sue Plummer and Dennis Potter at work (5731206)
Sue Plummer and Dennis Potter at work (5731206)

"I am a nurse by profession but work as the Campus Director for Canterbury Christ Church University's Medway Campus.

"Dennis was a Royal Naval Reservist and now works as a decorator. He has been writing and singing since 2011."

The song, recorded at Ranscombe Studios, Rochester, has a 1960s feel with close harmonies like the Beach Boys.

Still from Santa's Grate Christmas (5729786)
Still from Santa's Grate Christmas (5729786)

It tells the story of the night before Christmas when Santa got stuck in the chimney.

And Sue said aiming for the Christmas number one spot was a genuine ambition.

"That's what we'd like to do," she said. "But we need the exposure for it. We need to get it out there via various channels. If people don't know about it they can't listen to it."

Sue said they had taken inspiration from classic Christmas songs like Slade's Merry Xmas Everybody.

"It's the songs that get played every single year. We were saying we need some new Christmas songs so we thought ok, we'll have a go."

Over the past year the pair have released three singles, The Fox, Lighting the Way and Solitude, and an EP called Fledgling Love with six love songs.

In May, they recorded an album of original classical music called Him, Me and You which includes a tune called The Wedding.

Sue, who writes the words, said: "We were thrilled to have a bride walk down the aisle to this in the summer."

Two scores were composed for university films which focussed on the bombing of the HMS Pembroke Drill Shed in 1917 and the history of nursing during the First World War.

The music can be heard on Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, Reverbnation, Google and Amazon.

​For more details visit www.dennispotter.org

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