We’re number one! Hampshire military wives go top of the charts

TOP OF THE HIT PARADE Members of the choir and their children. Inset, Gareth Malone.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (120076-1)
TOP OF THE HIT PARADE Members of the choir and their children. Inset, Gareth Malone. Picture: Paul Jacobs (120076-1)
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THEIR choir was barely a few weeks old when they were faced with the daunting task of singing on a professional album.

But now the military wives of Portsmouth, Fareham and Gosport are celebrating after the record took the top spot on this week’s album chart.

Gareth Malone

Gareth Malone

The group was invited to feature on TV choirmaster Gareth Malone’s Military Wives Choir album.

Record producers set up a studio at HMS Collingwood in Fareham to record the group singing Up Where We Belong from the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman.

And the album, titled In My Dreams, stormed to the top of the charts on Sunday.

Kim Martin, 27, the group’s founder, said: ‘It was so surreal.

‘We were sat round the dinner table listening to the album chart programme.

‘I never imagined it would go this far.

‘The whole point of our choir was a kind of support group for military wives so this was completely unexpected.

‘Now we can one day tell our grandchildren we sang on a number one album.’

Kim’s group shot to success after Gareth, who led a different group of military wives to reach the Christmas number one last year, spotted a story in The News about Portsmouth’s choir and called Kim to offer his support.

Days later they were invited to sing on the album.

The ladies had just two weeks to rehearse.

Kim, of Robinson Road, Fareham, added: ‘It was incredibly hard work for all of us and being on the album was fantastic in itself.

‘To make it to the top of the album chart is the icing on the cake.’

A donation of £1 for every album sold at full price will go to a charitable foundation for military wives’ choirs,

The Portsmouth, Fareham and Gosport choir is now full up but there is a waiting list for people who want to join.

If you are interested in taking part, e-mail mwc.farehamgosport@yahoo.co.uk.