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Forget the carols, reggae singer and Isle of Wight legend Derek Sandy has today announced he is releasing an original festive song to celebrate Christmas 2017.

Derek, from Ryde, is a popular figure on the island, known for his track ‘Welcome to the Isle of Wight’ and energetic live performances of reggae standards.

His new song, titled ‘Cos it’s Christmas’, has been made in conjunction with The Needles Landmark Attraction who have assisted and supported the recording and production of the new single which was co-written by Derek and his wife Katy.

The CD single will be released November 3 and available to purchase from The Needles’ Pier Head Shopping Emporium, priced £3.99. Derek will be present at the launch to sign copies of the single, with 50p of every sale going to Island children’s charity Daisy Chains IW.

A video is also being shot at The Needles’ famous Christmas grotto, due for release in late November. Derek will be making regular appearances at the grotto throughout the build-up to Christmas to perform his new song.

Derek Sandy said:

“I’m so pleased with my new Christmas song. I think it has a real ‘feel good’ factor and I’m hoping it will bring cheer and joy to all this Christmas.

“It’s really important to give something back at this time of year, which is why proceeds from the single will be going to Daisy Chains IW, a vital charity for island children.”

Marino Zanti, general manager at The Needles Landmark Attraction, who will also direct the forthcoming video, said:

“We’ve long had an excellent working relationship with Derek, so it made perfect sense to help him produce this song and shoot his video here at our much-loved Christmas grotto.

“We want the video to have a real community feel, so we’re asking Isle of Wight schools, choirs and local charities to come along and be a part of the filming.”

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About Daisy Chains IW

Daisy Chains IW help Isle of Wight children with disabilities, long-term health problems and life-limiting conditions.

The Isle of Wight based charity was founded in 2012 to help Island parents who are unable to access the equipment and therapies needed to help their children.

They help with emergency travel for Island children/parents, assist with other travel costs, purchase aids and equipment not available on the NHS and fund therapies atvariouscentresin the UK that would otherwise not be available.


About The Needles Landmark Attraction 

The Needles Landmark Attraction gives visitors access to wonderful views of The Needles, the Isle of Wight’s world famous chalk stacks.  

Take an unforgettable chairlift ride from the cliff-tops to the multi-coloured sands of Alum Bay, where you can take a pleasure boat out to The Needles.  

The Needles offers a range of attractions including a Sand Shop where visitors can make their own souvenir using the multi-coloured sands from Alum Bay, glassmaking at Alum Bay Glass, the Sweet Manufactory, 4D Cinema, Jurassic Golf, plus a range of children’s rides and amusements.  

Refreshments are available at the 250-seat self-service Marconi’s Restaurant and fully-licenced Marconi’s Tea Rooms. These newly-refurbished eateries are named after the pioneering inventor who sent the very first wireless transmission from his base at Alum Bay.

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