Fine pork pies: Otley’s Christmas 2018 film released


Otley has released its second annual Christmas film, The Twelve Days of Otley Christmas.

The film sees local choir Sally’s Army gather around Otley All Saints Parish Church to sing an adaptation of Frederic Austin’s 1909 version of the much-loved Christmas carol The Twelve Days of Christmas with the lyrics altered to extol the virtues of 12 amazing things to see and do in Otley over the festive period.

As the choir continues to sing, they are joined by a number of Otley residents and dignitaries, many of whom feature in clips of the 12 things to do that are interspersed throughout the film.

The film follows on from last year’s viral smash, The Oak & The Ash, which mimicked the style of a certain well-known department store’s Christmas films and told the story of a young man stranded in the big city and pining for a return to Otley in time for Christmas.

As with last year’s film, stars of the 2018 show are award-winning pork pies from Otley’s three renowned butchers Weegmanns, JB Wilkinson and Geo Middlemiss thanks to the ‘five gold rings’ line of the original song being adapted to “Fine pork pies!”

Production of the film saw many local businesses, dignitaries and townsfolk gathering to draw on their artistic talents and natural enthusiasm to help promote Otley.

The film was devised, created and produced by Visit Otley’s tourism consultants Endure Communications based in Pool in Wharfedale, while filming and editing was undertaken by Menston-based M Char Media.

Lyrics to the song were adapted by Otley’s town poet Matthew Hedley Stoppard alongside Sally Egan of local women’s choir Sally’s Army, who sing the lyrics with great enthusiasm. Recording of the music took place at Otley’s Woolpack Studios.

Well-known Otley faces appearing in the film include Town Mayor Cllr Mary Vickers, Otley Bellman Terry Ford, former MP Greg Mulholland, Leeds City Councillor Ryk Downes, Chair of Otley BID Steph Lee, Otley Pub Club President Matt Hardin and a number of local councillors, as well as groups such as Otley Parish Church Bellringers. A number of prominent businesses and their staff also make cameo appearances.

Chair of Otley Town Council’s trade and tourism committee Cllr Paul Carter said: “We had a lot of fun playing with the slightly subdued tone of the Christmas adverts of a famous department store last year, but for 2018 we decided to produce a clip filled with joy that is a celebration of all that is good in Otley at Christmas. We hope it serves as a fine and fun advertisement for all the town has to offer over the festive season.”

Chair of Otley BID Steph Lee said: “Once again, officials, businesses and residents have pooled their talents to show why Otley is West Yorkshire’s Christmas town. We hope the film will draw more people into Otley over the Christmas period to sample our fabulous food and drink offering and visit our great range of independent shops. While here, of course, they should also make sure they pick up some of our fine pork pies!”

The Otley Christmas film is part of a wider drive to promote the festive season in Otley. The campaign is being produced under the Visit Otley banner with the support of Otley Town Council, Otley BID, Otley Town Partnership and Otley & District Chamber of Trade & Commerce.

Other initiatives include a 16-page Make Yours An Otley Christmas brochure delivered to some 35,000 homes in surrounding areas and a Twelve Days of Otley Christmas social media giveaway that begins on December 12.

Watch The Twelve Days of Otley Christmas on the link below