THE Fire Tones made an appearance on national TV on Wednesday, speaking to Phillip Schofield and Rochelle Humes on ITV’s This Morning show.

Four of the singing firefighters from across the country sat down in the TV studio in London for the live interview, including Welshpool’s very own Chris Birdsell-Jones, who came up with the idea of getting a group of firefighters together to sing and record ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’

Also in the TV studio were: Andy Quinn from Nottinghamshire, winner of Michael McIntyre’s Big Show; Gwenan Mair Hughes from North Wales and Matt Lloyd from Cheshire.

Chris said that it was “amazing” getting to meet celebrities backstage such a Keith Lemon. “They kept asking us for photos and showing their support,” he said.

Speaking to Phillip and Rochelle was like speaking to “lifelong friends” and that they were both “such lovely people”.

“It was just like we were catching up with our best mates,” said Chris. “It didn’t feel like people were watching us on TV, it seemed like it was just us,” he said.

Chris said: “To have the support of Phillip and Rochelle was brilliant, and to have that sort of support from the crew was amazing.”

n The Fire Tones’ Chris Birdsell-Jones switched on Welshpool's Christmas lights on Friday. See our picture special on pages 32 and 65.