Could a complete unknown from York race past the X-Factor winner, Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé and clinch the Christmas number one?

That’s the aim of Anthony Dunnout who hopes to claim the coveted festive top spot with a tune written after “enjoying a few drinks and a smoke”.

Despite his obscurity, Anthony’s song snappily titled Fairytale Of North Yorkshire (Santa Won’t You Write Me A Christmas Number One), has come from nowhere to be rated 50-1 by bookmaker Ladbrokes to top the charts later this month.

That puts it not far behind the likes of chart heavyweights Little Mix (20-1), Sam Smith (33-1), Justin Bieber (25-1) and the recently deceased David Cassidy (33-1).

Ed Sheeran featuring Beyonce is the runaway favourite (4-7), followed by Wham’s Last Christmas and X-Factor winners Rak-Su (both 5-1).

But internet support is growing for outsider Mr Dunnout despite only minor radio play and no promotion from within the music industry.

Santa’s surprise

His song draws inspiration from famous festive hits by the likes of Wizzard and Slade, while the title is a take on the 1988 Christmas classic by The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl, Fairytale of New York.

The lyrics say that the mysterious Mr Dunnout struggled for a hit song for some time but was hopeful his luck would change after a visitation from Father Christmas himself.

On his new website the artist explains how he got the idea for the song…

It was Christmas Eve almost a year ago and with the help of my two daughters, I’d just finished decorating my tree.

Mariah Carey was singing All I Want For Christmas on TV when my six-year-old handed me a piece of paper and asked, ‘Daddy, why aren’t you writing a letter to Father Christmas?’

So to appease her, in my best handwriting I wrote “Santa, won’t you write me a Christmas Number One?”

Later that evening I dropped the girls at my ex-wife’s house before returning home and enjoying a few drinks and a smoke.

The next morning I awoke fully clothed, with this fully formed festive ear-worm (bells and all) chiming around my head.

The song is available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Deezer and Google Play. Have a listen, stream it, share it – and let’s see if we can get a York Christmas number one!