Families hit the red carpet for London screening of TV advert

Roll out the red carpet and put the Champagne on ice! The families who had a starring role in our new TV advert travelled to London last weekend (December 21) to attend an exclusive private screening of their on-screen debut

Cheers! From left: Trina Myatt, Kerry Andrews, Stacey Hyde, Justine Griffith and Jenny Gidding
Cheers! From left: Trina Myatt, Kerry Andrews, Stacey Hyde, Justine Griffith and Jenny Gidding
Jump if you love it! From left: Brogan and Faye Hyde with Jasmine Griffith
Jump if you love it! From left: Brogan and Faye Hyde with Jasmine Griffith
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Cheers! From left: Trina Myatt, Kerry Andrews, Stacey Hyde, Justine Griffith and Jenny Gidding
Cheers! From left: Trina Myatt, Kerry Andrews, Stacey Hyde, Justine Griffith and Jenny Gidding
Jump if you love it! From left: Brogan and Faye Hyde with Jasmine Griffith
Jump if you love it! From left: Brogan and Faye Hyde with Jasmine Griffith

The Courthouse Hotel in central London – an old Grade II listed Magistrates Court – was the setting for our exclusive red carpet premiere of the new Center Parcs advert and family films. The excitement was palpable as the families arrived, each taking their turn on the red carpet in front of the paparazzi (well, our photographer) before making their way into the private cinema with rich aubergine carpet, suede walls and apple green leather seating.

The families enjoyed a screening of the 50-second advert, the 30-second and 10-second versions followed by each of the individual family films. There was laughter, cheers and applause as the families watched their own and the others. With whooping and singing along to the music, the receptive crowd asked for a repeat showing and again clapped and cheered.

It was great to see how much they enjoyed seeing themselves up on the big screen – and how much they enjoyed meeting up with each other again. Following the screening the guests of honour moved into the waiting room for a Champagne reception, complete with mocktails and canapés.

I caught up with each of the families during the reception to get their verdict on the final cut.

Rising screen stars
Ronnie Giddings says that his children Rory (14) and Anna (9) had enjoyed the experience of being part of the Center Parcs advert so much that they have both recently appeared as extras in two upcoming films. Anna as a Second World War evacuee where she excitedly tells me that Benedict Cumberbatch walked right past her when filming!

“We have thoroughly enjoyed our Center Parcs experience. We feel like it’s been a dream and today has just made us all feel so special” ~ Stacey Hyde

Rory has been an extra in The Woman in Black: Angels of Death, also playing an evacuee from the Second World War.

Justine Griffiths excitedly says: “It’s been so lovely to see ourselves and the other families on the big screen. We are going to plan a reunion where we can all get together. I have loved every minute of the whole experience.”

Stacey Hyde says: “We are having a lovely time today and we have thoroughly enjoyed our Center Parcs experience. We feel like it’s been a dream and today has just made us all feel so special.”

All gone swimmingly
The Myatts were excited too, although they had had a sneak preview on Facebook but were delighted with the results when they saw it on the big screen with dad Mark saying how glad he was to have gone on a diet before filming – especially as he was in his swimming trunks!

Alexander Myatt (13) was looking forward to going back to school after Christmas to his friends’ reaction, as were all the children, who were particularly excited to discover the advert was going to be screened on Christmas Day during the Downton Abbey commercial break.

“It’s been so lovely to see ourselves and the other families on the big screen. We are going to plan a reunion where we can all get together” ~ Justine Griffith

Grandma Sabina Myatt told me how much fun she had with her grandchildren during the filming and how special the whole experience had been.

Kerry Andrews was delighted with the ad and added that 7-year-old Alice had enjoyed every minute. “We enjoyed ourselves filming; it just felt like we were on holiday and it is fantastic to see how it has all come together,” she says.

At the end of the reception, it was hugs and goodbyes all round with plans to meet up again in the new year. A great experience had by all, commemorated forever on film.

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As Brand Content Manager I plan, create and curate the best articles, photos, videos and music for our channels, in particular the blog. With a degree in Journalism under my belt and many years’ experience in the big smoke as a journalist and editor, my focus is firmly on discovering the little gems hidden away in Center Parcs life, before buffing them up to make them sparkle online. From on-village events to the latest travel industry trends, I’ll be there – notepad in hand – to bring you the most entertaining and interesting stories.