Shop’s Xmas song goes vi­ral

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE - EMMA CURRY [email protected]­plc.com @em­malouise­curry

A‘PRICE­LESS’ fes­tive mu­sic video made by staff at a con­ve­nience store has been viewed more than 36,000 times on Face­book.

The vi­ral Spar Oswaldtwistle video, which fea­tures mem­bers of staff singing their own ver­sion of The 12 Days of Christ­mas, has been seen Down Un­der and gen­er­ated hun­dreds of com­ments in just a few days.

Us­ing ev­ery­day prod­ucts avail­able at the store it fea­tures ‘ five stuff­ing balls’, ‘four pork pies’, ‘three bot­tles of wine’, ‘two packs of ba­con’ and even ‘a packet of parac­eta­mol’ – for those post-Christ­mas hang­overs, pre­sum­ably.

Nigel Mas­ters, who owns the store on Th­waites Road, said it came about be­cause they try to en­gage with cus­tomers ev­ery Christ­mas.

He said: “This year at the Christ­mas party the staff de­cided we needed to do some­thing dif­fer­ent.

“As the night went on, they came up with this idea. We never thought it would be this pop­u­lar, we thought it would maybe get 600 or 700 likes on Face­book.

“We’ve even had com­ments from peo­ple in Aus­tralia. It seems to have re­ally caught on.”

A to­tal of 16 mem­bers of staff took part, with sales as­sis­tant Tanya Reynolds lead­ing the song - singing each day of Christ­mas at the be­gin­ning of each verse.

Man­ager Su­san Pre­ston and as­sis­tant man­ager Linda Goodyear did a dou­ble act, with ‘three bot­tles of wine’ for the third day of Christ­mas.

Mean­while Claire Dwyer, sales as­sis­tant, who sang ‘five stuff­ing balls’ for the fifth day, was a favourite on Face­book.

Nigel, who has run the store for 33 years, said the staff are ‘al­ways ready’ for Christ­mas. His wife Su­san also works at the store, and the two fea­ture at the end of the video to­gether.

Nigel added: “The staff are so pleased, they have been look­ing at all the views, watch­ing them go up, and we’ve had cus- tomers com­ing in singing to us. It’s gone down a storm. I don’t know what we’ll do next year to bet­ter it – we’ll have to wait and see what they come up with at the Christ­mas party!”

Sales as­sis­tant Alex Moody singing ‘a packet of parac­eta­mol’ in the Spar fes­tive video

Nigel Mas­ters and his wife Su­san in the video, above, and, right, an­other scene

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