East 17’s Tony Mortimer joins London choir to re-record Christmas hit ‘Stay Another Day’

17 December 2019, 16:06

By Sian Hamer

It’s a choral rendition of the Christmas number one we never knew we needed...

East 17’s Tony Mortimer has collaborated with Waltham Forest Youth Choir and East London Brass to re-record ‘Stay Another Day’.

Tony is joined on the record by the 100-strong choir from his hometown, Walthamstow, which is made up of 11 to 16 year olds, accompanied by the brass band.

The song has been re-recorded to raise money for the charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), an organisation which is close to the singer’s heart.

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The Waltham Forest Youth Choir join Tony Mortimer for re-recording of Christmas song 'Stay Another Day'
The Waltham Forest Youth Choir join Tony Mortimer for re-recording of Christmas song 'Stay Another Day'. Picture: London Recordings / YouTube

25 per cent of the record sales will be donated to the mental health charity.

The collaboration is just one of a few events around Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture – an initiative which highlights the diversity and cultures of the borough.

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25 per cent of record sales will go to the mental health charity CALM
25 per cent of record sales will go to the mental health charity CALM. Picture: London Recordings / YouTube

“Everyone remembers ‘Stay Another Day’ as a Christmas record, but underneath the white parkas and fake snow is a song about male mental health and a story about my brother who took his own life,” Tony told ITV.

“CALM is a charity very close to my heart and I hope this release gives people who are struggling the confidence to speak up and seek help.’’