My top 5: Four county people choose their festive favourites

PUBLISHED: 13:59 23 December 2010 | UPDATED: 18:20 20 February 2013

They range all the way from Silent Night to Slade. But can you guess which song featured in each of our four subjects' top fives?

They range all the way from Silent Night to Slade. But can you guess which song featured in each of our four subjects' top fives?

Heather Ryland, marketing manager, Deben High School, Felixstowe

Merry Christmas Everybody! Slade
70s glam rock at its best and still going strong! Surely no-one can hear this song and not join in! Takes me back to my early teens to the days of crocheted tank tops and elephant flares!

When a child is born: Johnny Mathis
All three of our children were born in late September and mid November (back in the 80s), and so were very young for their first Christmas. This reminds me of those early Christmases with our children, the absolute miracle that they are and warm contentment of becoming a mum.

Silent Night
This is my favourite Christmas carol. The carol service on Christmas Eve at St Pancras Church always precedes midnight mass, and when the choir sing this it is absolutely amazing ...... always a very special moment.

Do They Know its Christmas? Band Aid
Bob Geldof and Midge Ure brilliance! What a fantastic song..... superbly written and produced. For me definitely a song of reflection: a reminder to be thankful for what we have and not to forget those less fortunate in the big wide world outside your window.

All I want for Christmas is you: Mariah Carey
This is a great Christmas feel good song and one you would find me singing and dancing around the kitchen to on Christmas Eve... usually to the smell of hot sausage rolls and honey glazed ham wafting from the oven!

Honor Townsend, private chef/caterer specialising in Italian food based at Buxhall, near Stowmarket

Winters Tale: David Essex
Memories of boarding school, end of term and the longing for the holidays! We all loved him in the early 80s!

Driving Home for Christmas: Chris Rea
After a year of travelling, cooking and working my way around the world, a friend gave me this song on a mixture tape that became sentimental as I travelled many hours non stop to get back home for Christmas.

Walking in the Air: Aled Jones
A song that defines the Christmases of the eighties for those of us who were very young and thought boys choir voices were the ultimate in spiritually uplifting musicbut may have been a little embarrassed to admit it!

Do they know its Christmas? Band Aid
As relevant today as it was thenwe should all remember those who arent privileged enough to even celebrate Christmas. Our children should all listen to and appreciate this song even now.

Once in Royal Davids City: Trinity College Cambridge
The perfect holy song to make everyone stop, listen and feel happy and thankful and remember why we celebrate Christmas. This can never go out of fashion!

Rev David Streeter, rector of Stradbroke with Horham, Athelington and Redingfield

Ding dong! Merrily on high is so cheerful, linking the celebrations in heaven with those in our parish church, which has ten bells and singers for the Glorias top notes.

It came upon the midnight clear finds a world too noisy and violent to hear the angels sing, but the message of the Christmas readings will make sure we do.

Joy to the world gives us a tuneful voice to proclaim that, in all creation, where Jesus is in charge, his wonderful truth, grace, justice and love are totally effective.

O little town of Bethlehem is quiet in the middle of the night, but only the meek, the spiritually attentive, can receive Gods gift to match the hopes and fears.

Do they know its Christmas? This contrasts our enjoyment of great times withthose in Africa crying out in fear and hunger who can all be fed if well give generously.

Anne Lewis, landlady of The White Horse, Hitcham

White Christmas: Bing Crosby
Has to be the best of all time. Takes you back to when Christmas was a magical experience. It has that feel good factor.

Stop the Cavalry: Jona Lewie
Reminds me of the families whose loved ones serving abroad are probably thinking I wish I could be home for Christmas.

Do They Know Its Christmas? Band Aid
Another great song by a charity supergroup which raised thousands of pounds to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. Still relevant today.

I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday: Wizzard
A get up on your feet and join in song! Most memorable for Roy Woods long hair, beard and checked suit not forgeting the facepaint and the dark glasses (bit scary for the children!)

Merry Christmas Everybody: Slade
Another great Christmas anthem! Cant sit still to this one. Timeless.

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