WATCH: Otley launches John Lewis-style Christmas advert

WATCH: Otley launches John Lewis-style Christmas advert

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 5:56am 3rd November 2017. (Updated at 2:04pm 3rd November 2017)

Traders in Otley are hoping it'll be a Christmas to remember as the town launches a John Lewis-style advert to promote its Christmas offering. 

The short film tells tale of a lonely young man working in London who could miss out on Christmas Day at home in Otley.

Lifelong Otley resident and Yeadon Operatics Society member Pam Beck, who is an active member of Otley society through her involvement with Otley Parish Church choir, Otley Chevin Inner Wheel and Otley Tangent Club, stars as the young man’s mum. 

Ilkley-born Robson Stroud, a semi-professional actor who has appeared at Ilkley Playhouse in more than a dozen productions, as well as treading the boards at the prestigious Minack Theatre in Cornwall, stars as the son.

While alone in his big-city flat, the son pines for his Yorkshire home; meanwhile, his mother prepares for a bumper Christmas in Otley.

She is seen visiting the town’s fabulous selection of independent shops, meeting local residents and joining an impromptu Christmas sing-along in one of Otley’s many traditional pubs.

Otley launches John Lewis-style Christmas ad

The film features cameos from a number of well-known faces around Otley, including Town Mayor Nigel Francis, Chair of Otley Town Council Cllr Ray Georgeson, Otley Bellman Terry Ford and Greg Silverwood, owner of the town’s Rocca Bar and who is currently appearing as an extra in BBC1’s Gunpowder.

Chairman of Otley Town Council’s Trade and Tourism Committee Cllr Paul Carter said: “Christmas in Otley is unique, from our fabulous festivals such as the perennial favourite Victorian Fayre, to our incredible array of independent shops that allow people to provide Christmas dinner all sourced from a few miles around Otley.

"Our festive film shows our warm and welcoming offering, as well as providing what we hope is a happy end for all involved.”

Otley launches John Lewis-style Christmas ad

Jackie Mulligan of sponsors said: “Otley is one of the key locations featured on our website thanks to its unique shopping offering.

"We are proud to be involved in this fun film that highlights how important local shopping is to a community.”

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