THE Fishwives Choir’s charity single hooked top place in an online chart shortly after its release.
The choir, which includes a significant Hastings contingent, comprises women connected with the fishing industry from all over the UK.
When the Boat Comes In/Eternal Father was recorded in Hastings, with support from the team behind The Military Wives choir, before being released on Saturday, August 24.
It entered the iTunes UK Vocal Chart at number two before moving into pole position that evening and remaining at number one into Sunday.
Money raised from the sale of the single is to go to The Fishermen’s Mission, and from today (Friday) the Hastings ladies will be selling copies of their CD locally.
One of the choir members, Jackie Milton, of Old London Road, said: “We would like to thank all the people who downloaded it.
“For those who don’t have computers or iPods the CD is now available to buy for £5, and has two versions of the song on it.
“All the proceeds will go to The Fishermen’s Mission.”
Hastings residents will be able to buy the CD from John The Cobbler in High Street, the Fisherman’s Co Op on The Stade, and The Fishermen’s Museum, in Rock-a-Nore Road.
The ladies will also be selling the CD at the Seafood and Wine Festival next weekend (September 14 and 15).
It is also available to download from iTunes.
The choir was set up by Jane Dolby, from Southend, Essex, who lost her trawlerman husband at sea in a freak storm in 2008.
Inspired by choirs such as The Port Isaac Fisherman’s Friends and the Military Wives, she decided to raise money for The Fishermen’s Mission, which had given her support.
The choir was recently reunited when they travelled to Manchester to perform live on BBC Breakfast.