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Craig Hunter
Saturday 09 October 2010

Nation has chosen anthem for England's medallists

And did those feet in Ancient times walk upon England’s mountains green..... 

On St George's Day 2010 Commonwealth Games England announced that they would let the nation decide which anthem is to be played at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi by allowing the public to vote for the song of their choice and Jerusalem was chosen.

Now we can reveal that the anthem has been recorded for us by The Grimethorpe Colliery Band one of England’s most highly respected brass bands who are famous for their award winning soundtrack to the film “Brassed Off”.  When Terry Webster, Band Leader, was approached to make the recording he said “we would consider it an honour and are delighted to be asked”. 

Grimethorpe formed in 1917 as a leisure activity for workmen in the small South Yorkshire coalmining town and quickly gained accreditation from its success.  Following the closure of the colliery in 1992, Grimethorpe continue to uphold the brass band tradition and entertain audiences worldwide on tour.

We are delighted that the anthem, which will be listened to by millions of viewers of the Games, was chosen by the proud English nation, recorded by a proud English band and celebrates our proud English athletes.                



And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England's pleasant pastures seen?
And did the Countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among those dark Satanic mills?
Bring me my bow of burning gold:
Bring me my arrows of desire:
Bring me my spear: O clouds, unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!
I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England's green and pleasant land.

2006 Flag Bearer

May 30th 2010 – Commonwealth Games England today announced that Jerusalem has been chosen as the anthem to be played for English athletes competing at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi.  The decision follows a month-long public vote, which saw Jerusalem coming out as a runaway favourite.
Voters were able to choose between God Save The Queen, Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory - with Jerusalem beating the both the national anthem and the anthem previously used for English athletes competing at Commonwealth Games. The new official anthem of the England Team will be played for English athletes on the podium in Delhi when a Gold medal is won.
England athlete Dean Macey, who won Gold at the 2006 Games in Melbourne, welcomed the new anthem, saying: “Jerusalem’s awesome for getting you pumped before competing. Couple this with the huge pride that comes in wearing the red lion and you’ve got the perfect anthem for England’s Commonwealth Games’. 
Duncan Lewis, Marketing Director for Commonwealth Games England, said, “The nation has spoken and we are delighted to accept Jerusalem as the anthem for England athletes in Delhi.  The response from the public has been absolutely fantastic and I hope they will carry on this level of enthusiasm in supporting the team in Delhi this summer.”

Survey by YouGov of 1,896 entrants
Results –
1. Jerusalem: 52.5%
2. Land of Hope and Glory: 32.5%
3. God Save The Queen: 12%