A HEART-warming Christmas tale with an important message has been released.
The two-minute festive film, produced by Denbighshire County Council, has been put together to showcase the wide range of shops in the county.
The clip features the story of a family completing their Christmas shopping in Denbighshire with all gifts bought from traders across the area.
It also features students from Stagecoach Denbigh performing arts school singing at St Asaph Cathedral and stars Carys, a bespoke bear which was made by Sarah Chapman of Bilberry Bears in Llandegla.
Councillor Hugh Evans, Leader of Denbighshire, said: “The Council is proud to be supporting local businesses with this festive shopping video.
“This is a fantastic film with a heart-warming story and a really important message – shop locally this Christmas.
“All the businesses featured are based in Denbighshire and the film shows the huge range of products and services available in the county.
“Shopping locally is an enjoyable experience and firms offer a friendly and professional face-to-face service and go that extra mile for their customers.
“As a Council we want to see local businesses succeed as this ensures money spent locally stays in Denbighshire and helps create a thriving economy.
“The Council would like to thank all the residents and businesses of Denbighshire who made this film possible.”
More than 50 children, from Rhyl, Prestatyn, Ruthin, Bala, Corwen, Denbigh and St Asaph, aged six – to 17 from Stagecoach Denbigh performed in the film.
Jane Heckman, aged 54, of Trefnant, is the principle of the school, which also provided the actors who played the family.
She said: “Performing at St Asaph Cathedral was amazing. The atmosphere and acoustics were fantastic. It made the children feel Christmassy. It was a magical evening for everyone involved.
“The children were inspired by performing at the Cathedral.”
Mrs Heckman, who has been principle of the school for 11 years, added: “As a local business we were proud to support other businesses and the message to shop locally in Denbighshire.
“We want to support other local businesses.”
The video has been produced as part of the Council’s Economic and Community Ambition Programme which is delivering 16 high priority projects to support businesses in the county and attract further inward investment to Denbighshire.
Denbighshire has also been supporting businesses during the festive period with free parking in council-run car parks after 3pm, the #LoveLiveLocal campaign which supports shopping locally and the production of a Capital FM radio advert to encourage shopping locally.
The video was produced for the Council by Frozen Moon Productions.
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