Independent piano shop makes the most heartwarming Christmas advert on a £10 budget
19 December 2019, 12:02 | Updated: 19 December 2019, 12:13
An independent Manchester piano shop proves you don’t need a big budget to make a big impact...
In the homemade video, two young children deliver a piano to their grandad’s house, which they pull through a cold, winter’s evening while sporting Santa hats.
But after they set the piano up, they spot a tear in their grandad’s eye as he reaches inside a drawer to reveal a photograph of himself and his late wife (who is actually still alive in real life) playing the piano.
The children know exactly what to do, and they rush back to the piano shop before returning to their grandad’s home with a double-seated piano stool.
The little girl then joins her grandad at the piano, and the pair perform the sweetest duet.
To make the moment even more tear-jerking, the little boy then rushes to the drawer to retrieve the photograph of his grandparents – and places it on top of the piano.
The advert is accompanied by a charming cover of ‘You’ve Got a Friend’ by Ward Thomas.
The brains behind the video were Mark Goodwin, owner of Mark Goodwin Pianos in Oldham, whose two children – Sally, 8, and Louis, 5 – joined him in the festive video, alongside his father Geoff.
Part of the £10 video budget was spent on sweets and Happy Meals for the children – which were promised to keep them focused during the two days the video was shot.
“I did consider hiring a local actor to play the part of a sad elderly gentleman in the video, but in the end, I twisted my Dad's arm and he did a wonderful job,” Mark told The Daily Mail.
The homemade video really encapsulates one of the best parts of the festive period: being with family.
“In one of the shots, you can see strawberry jam on Louis’ cheeks,” Mark continued.
“That’s because in-between filming each shot he would run off to grandma’s kitchen for a bite of his jam on toast and then come back with his mouth full. I kept having to wait until he swallowed his toast before I could shout ‘action’.”