Festive CD is back by popular demand

It's time to get rid of the novelty number ones and compilations because this year's top Christmas CD is ready to rock your festive season.

IPSWICH: It's time to get rid of the novelty number ones and compilations because this year's top Christmas CD is ready to rock your festive season.

In 2006, the Evening Star joined forces with BBC Radio Suffolk to launch charity CD Cool Yule - and now it's back by public demand.

The festive CD is to be re-launched tomorrow to raise funds for this year's Children In Need and the Evening Star's Christmas appeal.

Staff from the Tourist Information Centre in Ipswich will be presenting a cheque for more than �370 which has been raised from sales over the past year.

David Stainer, manager of the centre, said: “It's been a really popular CD since it was first launched.

“All the money is split between Children In Need and the Star's Christmas Appeal so it's all going towards great charities.

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“The artists that feature on the CD are all local and it's got some really great festive songs - some covers and some originals.”

Artists on the 15-track CD include Tuscan Raiders doing a version of Merry Christmas Everybody, Camel Foot Raiders singing Fairy Tale of New York, The Jon Allan Trop doing a jazz version of Away in a Manger and Andy Pearson doing Elvis' Blue Christmas.

Suffolk artist Michael Coulter was enlisted to paint the design for the cover sleeve - he was asked to create a Christmas snow-filled scene of the Radio Suffolk building.

Money raised from sales during this Christmas period will be presented to the charities early next year.

Cool Yule is available at the Tourist Information Centre in Ipswich for �7.99.

Are you getting into the festive spirit? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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