WWII Veteran’s Bid to Top the Charts with a Christmas Number One

A former RAF radio operator has teamed up with the owner of an air raid shelter-themed cafe, to record a Christmas song which aims to raise funds for dementia charities.

John Pearce, a 95-year-old Word War II veteran could beat the likes of Ed Sheeran and Sir Elton John with his contender for the Christmas number one.

Mr Pearce, and Chris Miller, who owns the Air Raid Shelter Cafe and Tea Room in High Wycombe, have collaborated on a cover version of the seasonal classic Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).

Mr Miller said it would ‘just be dreamland’ if their song took the top spot, adding: “The great thing about the Christmas number one in this country is that it is a chance for someone to come from the left-field, a nobody, for the country to get behind – an underdog.”

“The song is good enough to capture people’s imagination, and the video has got everything in it. It is fun and it is emotional.”

He described Mr Pearce as a “loving” and caring” individual, saying that: “It would be so good for him to get that recognition – not that he wants it – because he is one of the last (veterans) we have got left.”

He concluded that it would be amazing to “show that we are grateful to the generation and to raise awareness and money for dementia, because it is so underfunded”.

Mr Miller said he and Mr Pearce decided to record Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) because they both felt the song speaks to coming home from both the war in Europe and the struggles of dementia.

Sales of the charity single will raise much-needed funds for dementia charities – but it faces stiff competition from competitors such Adele’s Easy On Me, which is currently at number one and could maintain its position at the top of charts over Christmas.

The single, recorded with May Blossom and the Top Notes Choir under the name The 1945, is available to download and stream on all major music platforms.