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JCB in the Christmas running

With the race for the Christmas number one hotting up, an unlikely song about a JCB looks set to challenge Robbie Williams and Westlife for the top spot.

William Hill has shortened the odds on Leamington-based Nizlopi’s JCB Song from 33-1 to 9-4, meaning that it is now joint second favourite for the accolade.

The song, written by singer and guitarist Luke Concannon tells the tale of a schoolboy, bullied because of his dyslexia, escaping taunts with rides on a JCB digger.

Band mate John Parker said: “They didn’t understand dyslexia back then and thought he was slow and stupid. Both his parents had to fight tremendously hard to keep him in mainstream education. Kieron- Luke’s dad and our manager- would occasionally rescue Luke for a little ‘compassionate leave’ on the building sites round here. Luke used to love it, sitting on the toolbox dreaming of crushing the bullies.”

The merits of the JCB within the recycling industry have been well documented, but this current single gives the machine a very good chance of topping the Christmas charts.

William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said: “Over the years, Christmas number one has become a national institution and we could not have hoped for a more competitive and open race. There are so many contenders, and the JCB Song sits firmly in that category.”

But while the song tells of how the writers’ troubles disappeared when he sat in the diggers cab, gaining the top spot at Christmas won’t be easy.

As well as Robbie Williams and Westlife, it will face competition from the likes of Coldplay, Mariah Carey, The Pogues, Tony Christie and the Crazy Frog.

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