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Firefighters still in running for Christmas Number One

Firefighters Barrie Davies and Patsy Begley could be Number One for Christmas.

Two Northern Ireland-based firefighters are among those in the running for Christmas Number One.

The Fire Tones are hoping their charity single can challenge the likes of Ariana Grande and George Ezra to take the festive top spot in the music charts.

Whether we make it to number one or not, we are delighted to be raising much needed money.

– Patsy Begley, The Fire Tones

Forty fire personnel from around the UK joined forces to record their own version of Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas.

It’s all part of a bid to raise money for The Firefighters’ Charity Trust and the Band Aid Charity Trust.

Patsy Begley, NIFRS Assistant Group Commander in Cookstown District, and Barrie Davies, NIFRS Station Commander at the Lisburn Headquarters, were delighted at the opportunity to get involved.

Patsy Begley with NI Fire & Rescue Service colleagues in Cookstown District.

“It’s such a worthwhile cause,” Patsy, who is a nephew of country music star Philomena Begley and a cousin of The Voice winner Andrea Begley, said.

“I didn’t realise the scale of the production and the talent that would be involved.

“We all drove or flew into Birmingham for a 12-hour recording session. It was incredible.”

Time for a festive song ...

Barrie, who worked in Wales before recently transferring to NIFRS, said he was one of the first to be recruited to the band.

“I’ve been singing professionally for 18 years, so the organisers knew this was something I’d be interested in,” he said.

“I’ve also used the services of the Firefighters’ Charity at Harcombe House in Devon when I was injured a few years ago, so it was great to be able to give something back.”