Dotty in dream­land over boy band video

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A10-YEAR-OLD fan starred in her favourite band’s new video af­ter the sto­ry­board she de­signed won a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Dotty Davies, of Cowpe, is a huge New Hope Club fan and an avid viewer of TV show Blue Peter.

She had pre­vi­ously writ­ten a mu­sic video for her school Water­foot Pri­mary, earn­ing her class an amaz­ing trip to Ma­jorca.

Dotty said the in­spi­ra­tion for the sto­ry­board came from see­ing Joe Suggs danc­ing to A-ha’s ‘Take on Me’ on Strictly Come Danc­ing.

She said: “I en­joyed it so much I watched the orig­i­nal video.

“My sto­ry­board started with a girl in a shabby cramped room, draw­ing a colour­ful pic­ture of Christ­mas with her favourite band.

“As the video pro­gresses she finds her­self in the pic­ture.”

Dotty was at her grand­par­ents’ car­a­van when she got a call from CBBC to say she had won the com­pe­ti­tion.

She said: “I was jump­ing up and down, but I could only tell a few peo­ple that I had won and that was hard keep­ing it quiet.”

Dotty was in­vited down to the show at Sal­ford Quays, where she met the cast of Na­tiv­ity Rocks and Blue Peter pre­sen­ters Radzi Chinyan­ganya and Lind­sey Rus­sell.

She got to be first as­sis­tant di­rec­tor at the shoot in Shored­itch, Lon­don, when her sto­ry­board be­came a real video for ‘All I Want For Christ­mas’.

The pro­duc­ers liked her ideas so much they also cast Dotty in the video.

At one stage she has to spin round 15 times and she said it took 21 takes be­fore pro­duc­ers were happy.

Dotty was born with tal­ipes, which left her with a weak an­kle; she also has hear­ing prob­lems.

Since the age of three she has danced at Dansworks Dance Academy in Bacup, and that has strength­ened her an­kle ob­vi­at­ing the need for any op­er­a­tions.

The classes have also boosted her con­fi­dence.

As part of the com­pe­ti­tion, Dotty also had to write about her favourite en­gi­neer and she chose Dorotheé Pullinger – who started a col­lege for women en­gi­neers and re­designed the car to be more suit­able for women.

As a re­sult she also won in­ven­tors’ kit from the In­sti­tute of Engi­neer­ing and Tech­nol­ogy and an or­ange Blue Peter badge.

Dotty, who saw New Hope Club at Manch­ester Arena, will be seen on the pro­gramme on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 20 when the group’s Christ­mas sin­gle is launched.

●● Dotty Davies aged 10 from Cowpe, win­ner of the In­sti­tu­tion of Engi­neer­ing and Tech­nol­ogy’s ‘Lights, Cam­era, Ac­tion!’ com­pe­ti­tion

Pic­ture by Matt Crossick

●● From left, Ge­orge Smith, Reece Bibby and Blake Richard­son from New Hope Club with Dotty

●● Dotty Davies and Blue Peter pre­sen­ter Lind­sey Rus­sell on the video shoot

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