After hearing that Father Christmas had been given critical worker status to ensure that he could bring gifts to islanders this year, comedy band Band Wagon Guernsey, which consists of Jack McGahy and Dan Noyon, decided to create a song dedicated to the announcement.
‘This all came about after watching the last media briefing and Dr Nicola Brink mentioning that Santa has been given critical worker status,’ said Mr McGahy.
‘We were obviously thrilled by this news and it is just so reassuring for the Christmas holidays.’
It was simply the next logical step since lockdown had inspired them to keep islanders’ spirits up.
‘It gave real purpose to lockdown for us, Dan and myself would just go back and forth for hours coming up with ideas and jokes
making ourselves laugh,’ said Mr McGahy.
‘I feel that laughter is one of those things that was almost erased after Covid-19 took hold.
‘It was nice to know we were putting something out there to lift spirits and change perspective on everything that was going on.’
In addition to getting the message out there, the band have released their song in aid of the Guernsey Christmas Appeal campaign run by charity, Guernsey Wooden Spoon.
The charity’s aim is to raise enough money to help make Christmas a little easier for disadvantaged families and individuals by providing food vouchers, food hampers, young person gift vouchers and heating vouchers in Guernsey.
‘This is quite a new charity with an ongoing auction to raise money, we want to help bring them more exposure so they can raise more money,’ added Mr McGahy.
‘It would mean a lot, not just to us but to others who have really struggled through this year and are nervous about the pressures the holiday season might mean for their family.
‘We write and perform to, hopefully, make people laugh and if we can do even more, like raise money for charity, even better.’
The charity’s auction will take place during November and will feature lots including a signed Sadio Mane Liverpool FC shirt, among more than 70.
For more information, visit https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/post/WI5L0quqeF and to donate, visit https://giving.gg/donate/event/6911/Guernsey-Christmas-Appeal.
To watch Band Wagon Guernsey’s Christmas video, go to https://www.facebook.com/BandwagonGsy/.