Spoof Band Aid video proves a hit with Sir Bob

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ASALON that cre­ated a spoof Band Aid video has re­ceived ap­proval from Sir Bob Geldof him­self.

Jo Ferns Salon and Ruger Bar­ber, who share a build­ing on Old­ham Road, Ly­dgate, joined forces to film their own ver­sion of Band Aid 30’s Do They Know it’s Christ­mas.

The video fea­tures all the staff as well as some cus­tomers and hopes to raise aware­ness of the Ebola cri­sis.

The video has al­ready had more than 5,000 hits on YouTube – and has been retweeted by the of­fi­cial BandAid30 to its 26,000 Twit­ter fol­low­ers.

Alan Beak, who owns Ruger Bar­bers with his brother Reece, said: “Sir Bob Geldof has seen it and he said he loves it more than the orig­i­nal!

“The more peo­ple who watch it the more aware­ness we can cre­ate and more money we can raise.”

Jo Ferns, who also owns sa­lons in Chad­der­ton and Ash­ton, added: “I was watch­ing the new video and thought it wouldn’t be too hard to make our own.

I’ve worked in TV be­fore as a make-up artist and have spent a lot of time on set and know how it all works.

“We wanted to do some­thing that’s lots of fun but with a se­ri­ous note so we put this to­gether.

“This shows that the gen­eral pub­lic care too – not just the celebri­ties.” The video was filmed on set in Ly­dgate and was cre­ated by Manch­ester­based Hartshead Pro­duc­tions.

Jo added: “We’re ab­so­lutely de­lighted with it.

“We sent it to Sir Bob by email and his man­ager rang and said he thought it was bril­liant.

“I was a bit du­bi­ous about him see­ing it but then they re-tweeted us so we’re right up there along­side the orig­i­nal.

“It’s amaz­ing and just goes to show you don’t have to be fa­mous to make a dif­fer­ence.”

Do­na­tions can be made at just­giv­ing.com/jofernssa­lon.

To view the video search for Jo Ferns Salon on YouTube.

●● Han­nah and Jo Ferns, Megan Buckley, Rachael Travis, Jonny Moss and Reece and Alan Beak who all fea­ture in the spoof video

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