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Terry Wogan's loyal fans plan to make him Christmas No1

By Nick Bramhill

Published 26/11/2016

Popular: Terry Wogan in 1978
Popular: Terry Wogan in 1978

Terry Wogan's loyal fans have launched a bid to get the late broadcaster's only hit single to the top of the Christmas charts.

The Limerick-born broadcasting legend recorded a tongue-in-cheek version of the classic Cornish song The Floral Dance in 1978, which he performed live on Top Of The Pops and it peaked at number 21 in the charts.

Thousands of people have joined a Facebook campaign to pay the ultimate tribute to Sir Terry by helping him posthumously land the coveted Christmas Number One spot.

Campaign chiefs said they launched the bid earlier this week in response to the record not being chosen as this year's official single for Children In Need, which Wogan presented for more than 20 years.

On their Facebook page, 'Terry Wogan's Floral Dance For Christmas Number One', campaigners urged the public to get behind the bid.

They said: "The Floral Dance now is available digitally. Many have already bought the download. So shall we all wait until Xmas week... bring as many to the party as we can... then all do a mass download-a-thon in the Christmas chart week?"

The hugely-popular Irish broadcaster was 77 when he died in January following a short battle with cancer.

He enjoyed unparalleled success in Britain in his long career, at one stage attracting more than eight million listeners to his BBC morning radio show.

Meanwhile, veteran pop star Cliff Richard's single, It's Better To Dream, was released on streaming services yesterday, although that move could lose the 76-year-old the festive top spot as many of his older fans don't know how to download it.

The single will also be released in the form of a special, strictly limited edition Christmas card including the CD single with a written message by Cliff. According to bookmakers, Sir Cliff is doing very well at 20/1 odds of taking the Christmas number one spot.

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