Meet 11-year-old Bella Wood, the voice behind ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ Think Local campaign by East Suffolk Council to support local businesses throughout the winter.
The Twelve Days of Christmas has been given a new lease of life as part of a Think Local campaign by East Suffolk Council to support local businesses throughout the winter – and will be showcased across its social media channels throughout December.
From Five Felixstowe Sprouts to Seven Sax Sausages, the lyrics champion different shops across 12 towns and villages in the district – with the track sung by 11-year-old Bella Wood from Woodbridge.
The song was composed by Woodbridge-based PR company Satsuma with recording, mixing, and mastering by Sophie Tott, also from the area.
But the star of the show is vocalist Bella, a pupil at Farlingaye High School who is a Grade 7 cello and Grade 4 piano player, member of Symphonia, the South Suffolk Youth Orchestra and Pro Corda – and part of the Children’s Theatre Company.
She says: ‘I think it’s really important to support our local shops, who have had a really difficult time with the pandemic. I love the Thoroughfare in Woodbridge – my family and I will definitely be shopping there this Christmas.’
Also featured on the track is Mayor of Bungay John Adams. He says: ‘East Suffolk is teaming with great places to visit, wonderful shops to explore and incredible places to eat and drink.
‘Bungay is one of those and I am incredibly proud to be part of this campaign that celebrates the diverse and unique high streets in East Suffolk with a really wonderful song. Swap a Partridge in a Pear Tree for a Shopping Trip to Bungay – and I’m sure I will see you there!”
The Think Local campaign is being delivered by East Suffolk Council through funding received from the ERDF Welcome Back Fund to support the safe return to high streets and help build back better from the pandemic.
Cllr Craig Rivett, East Suffolk’s Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Economic Development says: ‘This is a fabulous, creative and festive way for us to showcase some of our brilliant independent shops and is designed to encourage people to really embrace what they have on their doorstep this Christmas.
‘By investing in, and supporting, local businesses, you are supporting the local economy and local community too.’
Featured image: Bella Wood (credit: East Suffolk Council)