A SINGER who helped beat John Lennon to the Christmas number one is bidding for a second shot at stardom.

Eileen Brown, 40, from Northwood, is teaming up with 13 other original members of St Winifred's Primary School choir to launch a 2009 version of There's No One Quite Like Grandma.

The single knocked the former Beatle's song, (Just Like) Starting Over, off the top spot in December 1980.

Recalling the exciting moment 29 years ago, Ms Brown said: "We found out we were at number one just like everybody else did, by listening to the chart show. Miss Foley [their teacher] drove some of us to her house in her Mini and we listened to Radio One in her kitchen."

This Christmas the now grown-up members of the choir will go head to head with Robbie Williams and the winners of popular talent show The X Factor.

Ms Brown and other former choristers from the school in Stockport will perform as the Innocent Big Knit Choir to raise money for Help the Aged and Age Concern.

She said: "We're really excited to be going up against so many big names in the music industry for the Christmas number one.

"It would be a dream to see the Innocent Big Knit Choir take the top spot against the celebrities releasing singles this Christmas."

The choir has already attracted star backing, including actress June Whitfield, who has a cameo in the video for the single, and record producer Pete Waterman.

Mr Waterman said: "The charity single celebrates grandmas everywhere and we want people to dig deep to get this song to number one to raise as much money as possible for Age Concern and Help the Aged.

"It would also be great if it gave my old mate Simon Cowell's X Factor single a run for its money in the Christmas chart stakes."

The single is being released as part of the Innocent Big Knit Campaign, which aims to encourage healthy living and eating in older people.

The initiative was set up after research found one in 10 people over 65 are malnourished. It has so far raised more than £600,000 for Age Concern and Help the Aged.

There's No One Quite Like Grandma can be downloaded from iTunes for 79p, with 42p going to Age Concern and Help the Aged.

To see Ms Brown in the music video and behind the scenes footage, visit www.innocentdrinks.co.uk/bigknitchoir .