It is a fitting tribute to a much-loved MP - and now hopes stand high to see it creep up the charts.
Batley Community Choir have released their first single - The Rose - in memory of Jo Cox.
The MP and mum-of-two died after being shot and stabbed outside a constituents’ surgery in Birstall last month.
The choir’s cover of the Bette Midler classic was recorded after they were contacted by Channel 4 politics show The Last Leg, with their live performance broadcast from All Saints Church in Batley.
Choir soprano and treasurer Karen Rayner said: “We got the request and couldn’t say ‘no’.”
And to further the humanitarian MP’s cause, the choir have pledged to donated all proceeds to the Jo Cox Fund.
Set up by Jo’s family, it raises money for charities she supported, including The Royal Voluntary Service, HOPE Not Hate and The White Helmets.
Karen added: “We wanted to honour Jo’s memory, and the reaction we’ve had from people all over the UK tells us we did just that.”
The choir contacted Jo’s family for their blessing for the single.
Jo’s sister Kim Leadbeater described the tribute as “beautiful”.
She said: “On behalf of Jo’s family I would like to say a big thank you to Batley Community Choir for producing this beautiful single in her memory.
“Jo loved to sing, although she didn’t always remember the words, and she loved the people of Batley and Spen, so it is a fitting tribute, which I know she would have thought was the perfect choice.”
The single was produced and recorded by musical director Gary Skyrme, and features the voices of 200 locals.
Gary said: “The Rose is such a fitting song – it’s about love and hope – and Jo, who was our own Yorkshire Rose, epitomised those values.”
• You can download The Rose now from Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, or buy a limited edition CD from www.batleysings.org/therose .