Shane MacGowan has given his famous Christmas ballad a festive soap-themed makeover to help struggling charities.
The ‘Fairytale of New York’ singer had been rumoured to be filming a cameo for Coronation Street when he was pictured enjoying a drink in The Rovers Return last month.
But yesterday it emerged the Pogues’ frontman is teaming up with a number Corrie stars to belt out a new version of the hit, entitled ‘Fairytale of Weatherfield’.
The performance, due to air next month, will be the highlight of ITV’s star-studded ‘Text Santa’ initiative and will raise much-needed funds for British charities, such as Age UK, Barnardos, and Help The Hospices.
Text Santa has raised over £12m (€14.3m) since 2011 and was watched by more than 6m TV viewers last year.
’Fairytale of New York’, in which MacGowan duets with the late singer Kirsty MacColl, is widely regarded as the best Christmas song ever produced, as well as being the most frequently-played festive single of the 21st Century.
Although it reached number one here in Ireland in 1987, it was pipped to the post by The Pet Shop Boys for the top spot across the water — something which initially crushed the members of The Pogues.
Music maestro Jools Holland said recently of the song: “The way the whole thing is constructed is beautiful work in itself. You can admire it just for that.
“A lot of people think they can write songs, but to be that poetic is really hard to achieve.”
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