A REAL-life flock of singing sheep from the Lake District have
recorded a World Cup anthem for the England team to inspire its
players and fans to glory this summer.
The “Baarmy Sheep” have released a version of the
nostalgic English classic “Land of Hope and Glory” to
unite the country behind the national team as the eagerly-awaited
competition gets underway next week.
The single is available free from www.golakes.co.uk and
there is an accompanying pop video showing the world’s
first ever football game between sheep!
The sheep were recorded baaing in the fields of the Lake District
in Cumbria where the inspiring countryside of lakes and mountains is
home to thousands of the animals.
The video shows a lookalike of “Pierluigi Collina”,
the world famous Italian referee, struggling to control a game
between herds of sheep as a football is pursued
over mountains and down streets.
The release of the single and video by the Barmy Sheep
follows a lukewarm reception to the official England World Cup
single by the pop group Embrace, and the Crazy Frog releasing the
Spanish chant of Ole, Ole, Ole!
There has also been pessimism in the run-up to the World
Cup following the injury to Wayne Rooney, and the debacle
over the appointment of a successor to the head coach, Sven Goran
A spokesman for Cumbria Tourist Board, said: “Every England
football fan has heard of the football song Three Lions…well
this is three lambs!
“We hope this sheep single and video puts a smile on the
face of football fans and the England team.”
“The Lake District is a place which inspires people and
if you haven’t got tickets for the World Cup, this is a beautiful
part of the world to come to and watch the beautiful game this
summer. If you're a football widow it might just be the place to
come and with relax with your friends.”
“We are sure the sheep anthem will give the fans something
to sing about while the inspiring scenery and hilarious video will help
relax the players and motivate them to achieve great things
on the pitch.”
The Baarmy Sheep have already released two singles and videos – Jerusalem
and Jingle Bells.
The single was created by Charley Darbeyshire of Bright Blue Studios
while the video was filmed by Tony Wilkinson of Red Onion Video.
It was shot on location throughout Cumbria and the Lake District
including Yew Tree Farm, Coniston; Derwentwater near Keswick, Brotherswater
near Ullswater, the village of Dent, and Flimby on the west Cumbrian
The sheep collect Kendal Mint Cake as they go which boosts
their running and jumping ability.
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