Bromsgrove staff and students to release Christmas single

By Carl Jackson Friday 30 November 2012 Updated: 30/11 16:25

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Buy photos » NEW College media students behind the 'All the Broken Toys of Christmas' project and rightside; Sally Macreavy set to run the London Marathon for Sense, husband Sean Macreavy lead singer on the track and Virginia Von Malachowski from Sense. Picture by Carl Jackson.

STUDENTS and tutors from Bromsgrove's NEW College will launch their bid for this year's Christmas number one tomorrow (Saturday) when they release their charity single 'All the Broken Toys at Christmas'.

The song by the band Batteries Not Included has been inspired by December 25 heartbreaks of years gone by - gifts youngsters desperately wanted but never got and the ones they did get but broke on Christmas Day.

The record will be available on iTunes tomorrow (Saturday), with all money raised from downloads going towards Sense, the biggest supporting charity of deafblind people in the world.

The record starts with a riff of Christmas classic 'Deck the halls' before breaking into an up-tempo rock-pop song.

The opening line says 'I'm haunted by the toys you never gave me' before listing items which have been on wish-lists for decades, such as Lego, Action Man and Scalextric.

Tutor Sean Macreavy, who sings on the creation, said he hoped it would catch the imagination of people young and old.

"I hope, when its realeased, people pick up on the Christmas spirit of it and it appeals to everybody.

"I've had this song knocking around in my head for about three years.

"I thought about how we record this Christmas track for charity and the idea just went crazy from there.

"It's been very tiring, but very enjoyable," he added.

The Standard was treated to a special preview of the video at the college yesterday (Thursday) which is available to view on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLzn-N0ELgs

David Brickstock, a NEW College media student and production manager on the project, described the track as a 'fun, super-catchy, wacky Punk Christmas song'.

Virginia Von Malachowski from Sense was also present at the video screening to thank the production team.

She said donations and the awareness raised from the project would be very valuable to the charity which has been going for more than 50 years.

"We support all sorts of people with hearing and vision loss. Children who are born with it grow up in a very different world to ours." she added.

Sean's wife Sally will be running the London Marathon next year for Sense and all money raised from record sales will be added to her sponsorship tally.

'All the Broken Toys of Christmas' will be available to purchase on Amazon and iTunes from tomorrow.

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