Schoolgirl’s festive song is internet hit

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An eight-year-old schoolgirl from Trowell has become an internet sensation after composing her own Christmas song.

Lily Potts-Padgett’s festive tune Holly the Jolly Dolly is well-known around the village and has now been viewed more than 1,000 times on YouTube.

The creative girl wrote the song last year with her dad, Mark. It tells the story of a dolly who is left behind by Father Christmas but is found again on Christmas day.

Mark said: “We’ve had the same Christmas songs for so long, it was about time a new one was put out there.

“We thought why not us? Why can’t we do it?”

The video was put together with music written by family friend Chris Blanden and vocals by vocal impersonator Aubrey Parsons, who sang it in the style of Micheal Buble.

“It’s one of those things that will grow every year. We really want to see Micheal Buble perform it,” Mark added.

In the last few weeks on Twitter, the video has been shared and commented on by Matthew Wright, Richard from the Great British Bake-Off, local TV presenters, Cbeebies presenters Chris Jarvis and Sid Sloane and several radio stations including GEM 106.

The song was also performed at the Trowell Christmas light switch-on by a choir of almost 50 schoolchildren last week.

“It went down really well and sounded really good,” Mark said.

“Every time you mention the song, Lily’s got a grin on her face.”

Lily, who attends Trowell CofE School, will continue to perform the song with family and friends around the village during the Christmas period.

You can hear the song by visiting YouTube, or follow the team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/holly.jollydolly1.