Even Holyrood tunes in to chemist’s pop bid

Pharmacy manager Iain Rooney at Kingdom FM studio
Pharmacy manager Iain Rooney at Kingdom FM studio

As Christmas draws closer a local pharmacy’s bid to become top of the pops is gathering momentum with the Scottish Parliament joining the chemist’s growing fan club.

On Monday this week North East Fife MSP Roderick Campbell tabled a motion to congratulate the staff of Pittenweem Pharmacy for their innovative fundraising for the East Neuk Wheelchair Appeal and Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Manager of the Pittenweem Pharmacy and creator of the song Iain Rooney said: “I couldn’t believe it when I heard Parliament had passed a motion congratulating the staff. We’re delighted to have Holyrood back our bid to beat the X Factor and become Christmas number one.”

The charity jingle ‘Pittenweem Pharmacy Christmas 2011’ also had its radio debut last week when the tune was broadcast on both BBC Radio Scotland and Kingdom FM.

Mr Rooney said: “Kingdom FM very kindly offered to have me perform the song on air with just a backing track but I’m not sure I’m musical enough for live performances. But thanks to the Kingdom FM DJ there’s now a dance remix of the original in the pipeline.”

Since first appearing on iTunes and YouTube the song’s fan base has grown and Mr Rooney has found himself at the centre of media attention.

He said: “Everyhting is very hectic at this time of year, even without an internet hit, but it’s been great to hear people’s responses. Online, people are even leaving comments saying they want to move to Pittenweem.”

The fundraising campaign suffered a recent technical glitch when iTunes delisted the jingle due to a technical issue which meant it could not be downloaded during the weekend but the song was back on I-tunes by Tuesday morning.

Despite the glitch he remains upbeat about the song’s prospects, saying: “It’s amazing to see how it’s has grown in such a short time. We’re not aiming for fame but if we could reach 10,000 views I think it could really take off.”

At the time of going to print the YouTube video had been viewed almost 7,000 times. Recordings of both radio interviews can be heard on Pittenweem Pharmacy’s Facebook page.