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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 November 2005, 06:07 GMT
Singing sheep take on Crazy frog
Singing sheep
Singing sheep take on the battle for the Christmas number one
A flock of singing sheep has launched a bid for pop glory with a new version of Jingle Bells.

The Lake District's "Baa-rmy Sheep" hope their take on the classic festive hit will beat rival, the ringtone Crazy Frog, to the Christmas number one.

The Frog has also recorded the song, but the sheep are releasing their version on Wednesday, a day earlier, in a battle for the festive top slot.

The single and video can be downloaded from the Cumbria Tourist Board website.

Tourist board chairman Eric Robson said the single was a bit of fun to promote the beauty of the Lake District.

He said: "Christmas may be the season of goodwill to all men, but not (to) Crazy Frogs.

We're confident people will prefer our version
Eric Robson, Cumbria Tourist Board
"Visitors from all over the world love the Lake District and our sheep, so we're confident people will prefer our version."

The brains behind the Baa-rmy Sheep is 27-year-old record producer Charley Darbyshire, who recorded the bleatings of sheep at his friend's farm in Pennington and mixed them with Jingle Bells.

Mr Darbyshire, from Ulverston, first took on the Crazy Frog's popularity in June this year with a ringtone rendition of Jerusalem.


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