Christmas number one beckons for singing Chantelle

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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MILITARY wife Chantelle Stokes could celebrate a perfect present this weekend – by grabbing the Christmas number one single.

The mum-of-three is a former student at Admiral Lord Nelson School in Portsmouth and a member of the Military Wives choir taking the country by storm.

The choir’s single Wherever You Are became the fastest-selling single in six years this week and was pieced together using poems and letters written between wives and their husbands serving in the military.

It is odds-on favourite to reach the coveted top spot as it races ahead of The X Factor’s Little Mix and Nirvana’s grunge anthem Smells Like Teen Spirit.

If it does hit number one, topping the charts will come a little over a week after Chantelle and her husband Adam celebrated the birth of daughter Chloe.

‘It feels so surreal. To get the Christmas number one single would be absolutely amazing,’ said Chantelle, 25.

‘A friend of mine asked me if I wanted to get involved in the choir.

‘So I went along one day and it took our minds off our husbands being away.

‘The last time I sang was when I was 13 in the school choir. If we do get to number one, I will break out the bubbly for the first time in 10 months, but even if we don’t, the money will still be going to great charities.’

The couple met as army cadets aged 15, before marrying in 2006, with Adam now serving as a Royal Marine in the 30 Commando regiment in Plymouth.

Chantelle has already enjoyed appearances on ITV’s This Morning, been featured in Hello! magazine and sung in front of officers at Sandhurst and the Royal Albert Hall.

The choir is led by choirmaster Gareth Malone, and Paul Mealor is the composer.

BBC2 viewers watching The Choir: Military Wives have followed the wives learning how to sing. All proceeds from sales of the single will go to the Royal British Legion and SSAFA Forces Help.