LIMAHL is heading to London for the festive holidays - and wants everyone to know about it.
The singer, who was raised in Pemberton, is self-releasing his new single - London For Christmas - tomorrow via Tunecore, bringing together two of his favourite topics.
Speaking from his hotel room in the Gold Coast of Australia after his recent I’m a Celebrity adventure, he said: “I have always wanted to write a Christmas song, but have always put it off. I have lived in London for 30 years and I have travelled all around the world, but I still think it is the greatest city.
“So it made sense to put the two things together in writing a love story about a couple living against the backdrop of a great city.
“I would of course like to write about Wigan, but it has already been done brilliantly by George Formby and it would not have an international appeal.”
Although Limahl, whose real name is Christopher Hamill, left Wigan when he was 16, he still finds time to see his mum, Cynthia, in Up Holland, and two brothers, Paul, in Worsley Mesnes, and Tony, in Standish,
He said: “I have a huge emotional attachment to Wigan and have many important childhood memories there.
“I still come up to visit my family - the last time was in March for Mother’s Day.”
The former Kajagoogoo star recorded the song in March and had to postpone filming the video after an 11th-hour decision to join ITV’s I’m A Celebrity ...Get Me Out of Here.
He said: “I was offered the jungle last minute and I thought it would be great exposure and an amazing experience. I was offered the show last year, but I turned it down as I did not feel up to it.
“I knew there would be a small chance I would be asked again so I psyched myself up for it.”
The 53-year-old, whose famous hits include Too Shy and Never Ending Story, admitted he found it difficult being in the jungle and did feel isolated from the group which led to a breakdown.
But he did strike up a good friendship with TV chef Rosemary Shrager, especially as they joined the camp-mates five days later after spending the first night in a bug and rat-infested hut.
Limahl, who released a solo single called 1983 in January, said; “Rosemary was like the Hattie Jacques of the camp - she was a bundle of fun. Her singing drives her family crazy as she can never finish a song.
“In support, I went along with it in camp, but it was quite painful, so I don’t see a duet in future.”
He admitted he was disappointed to be the second person to be voted off and regretted not doing any of the trials to win food. He said he did not bond well with darts legend Eric Bristow and wants Ashley Roberts or David Haye to win.