Thirteen-year-old Lily, from Manorbier stars in Tom Fletcher’s winter warmer
A local Pembrokeshire girl who recently propelled herself to fame as the first female in Europe to land a backflip in a wheelchair has had her story immortalised in a brand new Christmas-inspired music video. The song, ‘Afraid of Heights’ is from the musical edition of Tom’s book, The Christmasaurus, and was shot on location in Pembrokeshire in St Ishmaels and Haverfordwest skatepark just at the end of October.
Lily, a year 9 pupil at Tenby’s Greenhill School, has a condition called Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP) which causes tightness and rigidity in her muscles, and her motto is “putting the ability into disability”.
Tom says: “I’m so incredibly honoured that Lily agreed to star in the official music video for Afraid of Heights. I’m incredibly proud of this song. It is written for an pivotal moment in The Christmasaurus and Lily perfectly exemplifies everything that The Christmasaurus represents. I hope our video, based on true events, does her story justice. Thanks to Lily, who most definitely is NOT afraid of heights!”
The Musical Edition of ‘The Christmasaurus’ includes both the novel and a brand new 14 track CD. Released this week, the book and CD package marks the very first time an author has written a soundtrack to their novel.
The tracks. all written and performed by Tom, are accompanied by a full orchestra, alongside solos from Giovanna Fletcher, Carrie Hope-Fletcher – and Santa Claus! Throughout the story are prompts that tell you when to press play, with full lyrics included so readers can sing along too.
Tom Fletcher’s followers have already viewed the video in their thousands, with several on Twitter and Youtube proclaiming that they had been moved to tears by the emotional film.
You can see the video, which is embedded above, by clicking the play button.