SHEFFIELD mum-of-two Sarah Hendry is top of the pops - as part of the Military Wives Choir which has marched off with the coveted Christmas number one spot, writes Graham Walker.
Sarah, aged 30, from Hillsborough, is one of 100 women in the choir, whose song based on letters to their partners serving in Afghanistan knocked X Factor winners Little Mix from the festive top spot.
The choir’s 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.
Sarah is married to David, a Corporal in the Royal Marines, and the family lives on a miltary base in Devon, where the choir is based.
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 during the festive edition of BBC1’s Top Of The Pops.
Gareth 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!”
It marks a busy year end for Sarah, who is deputy manager of the nursery on her base and mum to Callum, 11, and Owen, nine.
She said: “There was the performance at the Albert Hall, then we were invited to Downing Street, and we performed at The Sun’s Military Awards.”