Mayall's dedicated fan-base has stepped up
Fans have been buying Noble England in tribute to the much loved and tragically late actor and comedian, Rik Mayall. The surge in sales has seen the song hit the UK top ten and become England’s unofficial World Cup 2014 anthem.
Fans of Rik Mayall (pictured right) have campaign for a Bottom bench where he punched Ade Edmondson (pictured left) in the groin
Following the campaign, which implored fans of the Bottom actor to buy the song in tribute, Noble England has landed at number seven in this week's official UK singles chart.
Mayall, who was 56 when he died after having what his wife described as "an acute cardiac event" following a morning run, delivers a speech adapted from Shakespeare's Henry V in the song.
"Once more onto the pitch, dear friends, once more," he shouts, urging anyone listening to conjure up the Battle of Agincourt. "That battle was basically very few Englishmen against the rest of the world," Mayall said in an interview in 2010. "When you hear the speech delivered in a gutsy way it makes you go, 'Yeah, right, bring 'em on, let's do it', rather than, 'How nice, what a lovely piece of poetry,” he said."
And that’s not the only posthumous campaign surrounding Mayall; a petition has been organised to get a memorial bench installed to mark where Bottom’s opening credits were filmed. Jaime Bird, who organised the petition, said that fans and friends “need a place where we can remember (Mayall),” adding: “Placing a memorial bench at this location is something we feel he would have loved.”