Chantelle’s delight as wives march to No 1

20/12/11   Rm''Military Wives choir member Chantelle Stokes 25 is hoping to be the xmas number one single, her husband Adam Stokes 26 is a in the Royal Marines, ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (114442-2)
20/12/11 Rm''Military Wives choir member Chantelle Stokes 25 is hoping to be the xmas number one single, her husband Adam Stokes 26 is a in the Royal Marines, ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (114442-2)

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MUM-OF-THREE Chantelle Stokes’ Christmas dreams have come true after the Military Wives clinched the UK Christmas number 1.

The 25-year-old is a member of the choir whose track Wherever You Are sold a staggering 556,000 copies.

The ladies outsold X Factor winners Little Mix and the rest of the Top 12 combined to get to the coveted Christmas number one slot.

Mrs Stokes, a former student at Admiral Lord Nelson School in Portsmouth, celebrated with relatives on Christmas Day just under two weeks after the birth of daughter Chloe.

She said: ‘We were sat down at my mother-in-law’s for dinner and I said ‘can I put Top of The Pops on?’. It was about 2.55pm and I could hear Little Mix on the TV – we didn’t know if they were number one or not. I got up and just as I went into the living room they said the Christmas number one was Military Wives. I jumped up and down. We turned the TV right up while we were sitting and eating our dinner.

‘We were so pleased – the phone didn’t stop ringing. The girls in the choir were all messaging each other. It’s a bit surreal really!’

Mrs Stokes met husband Adam, 26, at the age of 15 when the couple were army cadets.

They married in 2006 and Adam now serves as a Royal Marine in the 30 Commando regiment in Plymouth.

Mrs Stokes has performed with the choir – led by choirmaster Gareth Malone – on ITV’s This Morning, at Downing Street, been featured in Hello! magazine and performed in front of officers at Sandhurst and the Royal Albert Hall.

Viewers have followed the Military Wives learning how to sing on BBC2’s The Choir. Proceeds from the single will go to the Royal British Legion and SSAFA Forces Help.