Manchester

Frank Sidebottom's fans' number one chart bid

Fans of the late comic Chris Sievey are celebrating his memory by trying to get his alter ego Frank Sidebottom's single to number one.

Sievey died at his home in Hale, Greater Manchester, on 22 June at the age of 54, having suffered from cancer.

He performed as Frank - a papier-mache headed act - for more than 25 years.

His fans have started a campaign to get the single, which features his song Guess Who's Been On Match Of The Day?, to number one.

They are campaigning on Frank's website - Radio Timperley - and social networking sites Twitter and Facebook.

The single, which also features the track The Robbins Aren't Bobbins, has been released on iTunes.

Frank released several singles, often giving his own twist to well-known songs and playing them on an electronic keyboard, but he failed to reach the top 40.

In his earlier career with the band The Freshies his song I'm in love with the girl on a certain Manchester megastore checkout desk reached number 54 in the charts.

A public celebration of the comic's life called Frank's Fantastic Farewell takes place at Castlefield Arena in Manchester later, featuring Badly Drawn Boy.

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