Look away now if you're still trying to forget the saccharine sounds of There's No One Quite Like Grandma from two decades ago. Today, members of its makers, the St Winifred's School Choir, released a new version of the memorable song, which spent two weeks at number one in December and January It has, of course, also been a regular fixture in most annoying pop song lists ever since. Undaunted, however, 13 of the now grown-up girls and one of the boys who sang on the record decided to record their new version as a charity single. To mark the occasion, they performed it live together at a launch in Regent's Park, London, yesterday.
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Yeah her relationship with God was something so formidable. When ever Grandma we love you are far away we always think of you. The biggest hugs Grandma we love you you! She never gives up Grandmas have made it too far in life to give up on anything. I appreciate you, LV! Artist: Brettell. I pray that yall find comfort in His love and in the memories she left behind. Provide song facts, names, places and other worthy info that may give readers a perfect insight on the song's meaning. Peter Tattersall . No matter how much of a fight we put up, grandma always wants to help us. Write song meaning.
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- The song was a Christmas number-one single in both the UK and Ireland.
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Winifred's School Choir. It is track from the album Original Hits - Kids that was released in The duration of this song is Grandma, we love you Grandma, we do Though you may be far away We think of you There's no one quite like Grandma And I know you will agree That she always is a friend to you And she's a friend to me There's no one quite like Grandma She's there in times of need Before it's bedtime, on her knee To us a book she'll read Grandma, we love you Grandma, we do Though you may be far away We think of you And one day when we're older We'll look back and say There's no one quite like Grandma She has helped us on our way.
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Members of the St Winifred's School Choir, most of them grown up and with children of their own, have reunited to record a new version of the track, which spent two weeks at Number One in and has been a regular feature of 'worst ever song' compilations ever since. The new song, launched on Monday for charity , features 14 members of the choir who appeared on Top Of The Pops dressed in the Stockport school's bright pink cardigans.
Neither are involved in the remake. The rest of are now marketing managers, nurses and computer consultants who can barely remember the Christmas when, aged between eight and 11, they rubbed shoulders with the likes of Paul McCartney and the Boomtown Rats.
Their chart success prompted a string of television appearances — and 29 years of ribbing. Nicola Hulme, now 41 and working in sales for a printing firm near Manchester, said; "It was all so surreal, meeting celebrities and being live on stage with Abba.
We were so young we didn't know any different but when you think about it now we had an incredible adventure. Katie O'Driscoll, who was eight, is now a year-old marketing manager, married with three children and living in Wilmslow.
She came up to me and asked me if I was cold and I just stood there, speechless, to the shame of my parents. At the time we thought the coolest thing about it was being able to stay up until 10pm. We thought we were so grown-up. The paean to grandmothers was written for the 80th birthday of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Gordon Lorenz, now a prolific music producer.
Record label Music for Pleasure rejected his original idea. But managers realised the hummable tune and sickly-sweet lyrics would be ideal for the choir, who were already signed to the label thanks to an earlier album. They were right; it sold one million copies, most of them Christmas presents from grandchildren. Someone had written in asking to be on the programme with us so we weren't the ones getting a medal but it was great fun. Helen White, now 38 and a mother of three, said: "I got to go on Tiswas and we got gunged but the school wasn't expecting that so we had to travel all the way back on the coach still covered in goo.
That Grandma reached Number One at all was a remarkable achievement because the murder of John Lennon on December 8, sent sales of his previous songs soaring in charts around the world. The most visible of the group was solo singer Dawn Ralph, now married with a daughter but who does not give interviews. Headmistress Sister Aquinas, who appeared on This Is Your Life when she retired in the s, still lives in a convent near the school.
Guitar-playing teacher Terri Foley, also now retired, sent the reunited group a 'good luck' message. At the Granada Studios we took all pupils and they said we were better behaved than David Essex and his entourage.
The same thing couldn't happen nowadays because, as with the Jedward twins on X Factor, the children would be subject to such criticism and intrusion. Pupils were given sweets as a reward. The new single, produced by drinks firm Innocent to support its Big Knit campaign in aid of Help he Aged and Age Concern, is available for purchase on iTunes from Monday. It features the same lyrics and tune but the reunited choir was helped by former X Factor voice coach Annie Skates.
Mr Lorenz conceded the song had attracted decades of criticism: "I'm not saying it was the greatest piece of music, but if it made one million grandmas happy one year it was worth it," he said. Helen White, 38, mother of three, still lives in Heaton Chapel, Stockport, not far from the school. I was heartbroken. I'm not Leona Lewis but I think I can hold a note and it was surprising how quickly we all got back into it.
Tara Daynes, 39, freelance employment law consultant now living in north London. Nicola Hulme, 41, now working in sales for a printing firm and living in Sale, near Manchester.
We were young at the time and didn't know any different but when you think about it now we had an incredible time. Catherine Bailey, 39, now managing director of legal services firm Iris and living in Bolton with her partner and five-year-old daughter, Lauren. We were given an Arrow Bar if we sang well and behaved. Lisa Hughes, 38, from Stockport now married with two children.
I bought copies for my own nana and grandpa. I've still got one in the loft somewhere. Eileen Brown, 40, from Northwood, north-west London. Nicola Williams, 38, from Stockport, now a professional photographer living with her partner and two boys aged 8 and I don't tell people about being in the choir these days just because it was so long ago. Dominic Blythe, 37, now married with three children, living in Huddersfield and working as a self-employed software contractor.
I turned up for the new recording and the crew wondered what I was doing there. I was eight at the time and it was great but then you get to secondary school and suddenly it wasn't cool at all. At university I used to tell people I'd had a number one hit single but I never got away with that for very long.
Dionne Birtles, from Hazel Grove, Cheshire, 39, married with a son, 20, and a daughter, Worked in an estate agents' for 14 years, now a PA to a managing director. Carol Allen, 40, from Nottingham, married with two children, a boy, 12, and a girl, 7 and runs a fireplace manufacturing business with her husband. Now a nurse, married, with a girl, 4, and a boy, 3. Carolyn O'Driscoll, 38, a nurse from Clitheroe, Lancashire, married with three daughters aged 11, 9 and 6.
Katie O'Driscoll, 37 from Wilmslow, Cheshire, now marketing manager for a health-care company, married with three children aged six, four and one. The Innocent drinks big knit is a Christmas fundraiser that sees members of the public hand-knit woollen hats for innocent smoothies and squeezies, and woollen warmers for Innocent veg pots.
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