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Video: Meet Tommy the Tiger - Norwich church recreates John Lewis Christmas advert

PUBLISHED: 13:59 28 November 2014 | UPDATED: 13:59 28 November 2014

St Thomas Christmas Advert is a parody of the John Lewis advert. Picture: Supplied

St Thomas Christmas Advert is a parody of the John Lewis advert. Picture: Supplied

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They're the Christmas adverts that leave us feeling festive and with a lump in our throats.

St Thomas Christmas Advert is a parody of the John Lewis advert. Picture: SuppliedSt Thomas Christmas Advert is a parody of the John Lewis advert. Picture: Supplied

And a Norwich church has decided to recreate John Lewis’ latest festive offering - Monty the Penguin - with hopes of “wrestling back the real meaning of Christmas”.

The team at St Thomas Norwich church, on Earlham Road, recruited three-year-old Zac and Tommy the Tiger for the starring roles.

The department store’s advert, which has racked up almost 18m views on YouTube, tells the story of a little boy trying to find his penguin companion real love.

Beej Harris, student worker at the church, filmed the video.

St Thomas Christmas Advert is a parody of the John Lewis advert. Picture: SuppliedSt Thomas Christmas Advert is a parody of the John Lewis advert. Picture: Supplied

He said: “The original idea just came from the fact that we all liked the video but, as a church, we wanted to twist it and get back to the original meaning of Christmas.”

Filmed over three days, the video sees Zac, son of one of the vicars, making dens, eating dinner and going for walks with his best friend.

“It was a really easy to film because he didn’t know that the tiger was a human in a costume - which helped a lot.

“All his reactions were real, it was lovely,” Mr Harris said.

At the end of the video the duo are seen at the St Thomas’ Christmas service, as the message ”give someone more than they’ve been dreaming of this Christmas - Christ” appears on screen.

In the 24 hours since the video, set to the tune of John Lennon’s Real Love, was released, it has been watched more than 1,600 times.

Mr Harris added: “The feedback has been amazing.

“We wanted to do something that people would watch but it was important to do it our way, to wrestle back the meaning of Christmas.”

The church will hold their Christingle Family Service on Sunday, December 7 from 10.30am to 11.30am.

What do you think of the video? Contact lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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