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Saffron Walden composer bids for Christmas number one
Leigh Haggerwood in the video of 'My Favourite Time of Year'
Leigh takes on the persona of 'Travis Shenanigans' in the song's video

A Saffron Walden composer is bidding to take on the likes of Coldplay and X Factor winner Matt Cardle for the prestigious Christmas number one slot.

Leigh Haggerwood and his Florin Street Band hope to top the UK charts with their song 'My Favourite Time of Year'.

The professional songwriter told BBC Essex he had written the song because he felt there was a need for a "old style, a proper Christmas song."

"I think the whole genre has got a bit lost in this country," he said.

"A few years ago I realised that in the last 10 to 15 years we've not had many proper Christmas songs like I used to remember as a kid.

"So as a composer who writes music for a living I thought I've got to have a go at this in the old style, a proper Christmas song."

He added: "In America, everyone writes Christmas songs and it's a big thing, but over here it's the domain of comedians these days and people having a sly poke at songs."

The set of the video for the Florin Street Band video 'My Favourite Time of Year'
The Victorian Christmas scene was filmed in Blists Hill near Telford

The song faces stiff opposition to reach the top of the UK singles charts, which are announced on Sunday, 19 December.

Rivals include Little Maplestead's X Factor winner Matt Cardle, Coldplay and the anti-X Factor 'Cage Against the Machine' song of silence.

Nevertheless, Leigh remained confident his song could spring a surprise.

"So far the public reaction has been absolutely phenomenal," he said.

"We've had so many e-mails to our website, the hits on Youtube are going up by the day and the support has just been incredible.

"Obviously we need to sell a lot of downloads to compete with the X Factor, I think about 140,000 which is a hell of a lot.

"But as long as people get behind it and support us, I think we can get a real Christmas song to number one, instead of protests with silence and the usual non-festive X Factor song."

Members of the Florin Street Band in the video for 'My Favourite Time of Year'
The Florin Street band are made up of friends and colleagues of Leigh

The 36-piece Florin Street Band was formed by Leigh after he had "finished banging my head against a wall with the record companies, because they wouldn't back it."

The Victorian-themed video that accompanies it involved 100 cast and crew members and was assisted by a Hollywood cinematographer.

"It was the most amazing thing I've ever done," said Leigh.

"I remember standing there with my arms open, singing in the snow thinking 'oh my God, this is real.'"

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