Staffordshire songwriters release Christmas song they sent to Cliff Richard

John and Mark this year recording their old song

Mark Eustace, of Burntwood, and John Harper, of Tamworth, wrote The Light of the World for Cliff for his single Millennium to open in 2000. However, despite the singer praising the song, he had previously recorded Millennium Prayer which was his last major to strike.

The couple decided this year to record the song which could have been a hit for Cliff Richard, but was instead filed under “what could have been”.

Watch the video of The Light of the World:

Mark said: “Our demo came too late and Cliff had already recorded their festive release for that year, however we received a lot of rave reviews from his camp.”

The Light of the World is based on a well-known painting by William Holman Hunt (1827-1910), an English artist who was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Victorian Brotherhood.

Mark has been a mainstay of the Staffordshire music scene for 30 years, playing in a plethora of bands including Dual Control with his father who has also performed with several bands since the 1960s.

Mark and John in 1999 when they wrote The Light of the World

Mark and John, who worked together as local reporters, wanted to record the song so that the army of Cliff Richard fans could hear what could have been Cliff Christmas number one.

Mark said: “We’ve had comments about trying to make Christmas number one.

“The single drops to all major download and streaming platforms on December 11, because many of you have asked if you can download it. John and I really, really appreciate everyone’s support and we still have some weeks before Christmas. “