Marines' song is back in the charts
A SONG recorded by musical city commandos nearly 20 years ago has rocketed back up a music chart.
The Ashokan Farewell was recorded 18 years ago by the Band of HM Royal Marines Plymouth to help raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
It is proving such a hit that it has risen back up the Classic FM Hall of Fame chart.
The song was an instant hit when it was released in 2000 – and went straight to Number 3 on the radio station's chart.
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It has remained in the chart every single year since, never being placed lower than 52nd.
However, the charity is now pushing for even more sales after a renewed flurry of interest.
Brian Williams, chairman of the RNLI music division, said: "This is really exciting for the RNLI's music division, which has worked hard over the years to commission timeless, classical compositions.
"It relies on the good will of music lovers to buy its recordings and enable us to continue our vital work in RNLI fundraising.
"The support we have received from radio listeners to help raise the profile of our music is astounding and the Plymouth Band of the Royal Marines can be proud of this historic recording and the impact it is making in helping the RNLI charity in its work in saving life at sea."
The haunting tune is arguably the band's most recognisable – and has remained a hit on the airwaves of classical music radio stations since its belated release 13 years ago.
It has been performed at Plymouth Pavilions several times as the group has raised cash for the RNLI.