Christmas comes to Kelso for M&S festive ad film shoot

Take That fans in Kelso have been hoping that today will be their Greatest Day amid rumours that the band are filming a Christmas advert in the town square.

The trio have reportedly teamed up with Marks and Spencer to provide the soundtrack for this year’s Christmas campaign television ad, part of which is due to be shot in the Tweedside town’s square last night.

Fake snow in Kelso for this year's Marks and Spencer Christmas advert.

Fake snow in Kelso for this year's Marks and Spencer Christmas advert.

The retail giant is keeping the concept of its Christmas campaign under wraps, but it has confirmed that Kelso will play a part.

A spokesperson for the company told us: “We are doing some filming in Kelso this week.

“We can’t give any details at this stage, so watch this space.”

And while there is no sign of Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald as yet, the town is gripped by festive fever, with Christmas trees stood in the square, fairy lights twinkling in shop windows and fake snow swirling.

A film crew in Kelso today to shoot this year's M&S festive ad.

A film crew in Kelso today to shoot this year's M&S festive ad.

Shona Henderson, of sandwich shop Central Baguette in the Square, said: “The crew approached us and asked us to put fairy lights in the window.

“There has been a lot of people asking what’s happening. There’s rumours that Take That and Gary Barlow are going to be in town, but I haven’t got a clue whether that’s right.

“There’s a real buzz about the place, though. It’s nice for the town.”

Staff at A Hume Country Clothing and Outfitters said a film crew had begun setting lights and cameras up outside the shop this morning.

Take That.

Take That.

A retro silver van and large illuminated M&S letters are among the props adorning the cobbles.

Dozens of curious onlookers – and hopeful ‘Thatters’ – gathered throughout the afternoon, and filming is set to begin after darkness falls.

Pamela Thomson, of the Cream Chimneys cafe, said: “It’s surreal that they have come to Kelso to do this.

“We’re just a wee Borders town, so it’s all very exciting.”

Along with John Lewis and Coca-Cola, the Marks and Spencer Christmas advert is one of the most eagerly anticipated by TV viewers.

A section featuring one-time Doctor Who actress Jill Winternitz, was filmed in London’s Bond Street earlier this month.

Last year’s 90-second M&S festive ad featured the film character Paddington Bear, voiced by Ben Whishaw.

This year’s ad will be the second to feature Take That, a decade after the veteran boy-band, formed in Manchester and together from 1990 to 1996 and since 2005, first appeared in a seasonal ad for the retailer in 2008 alongside Lily Cole, Myleene Klass, Twiggy, Erin O’Connor and Noemie Lenoir.

Barlow, 47, also performed a cover of the Beatles song Here Comes the Sun for the chain’s summer 2012 campaign.

Roads staff at Scottish Borders Council announced last week that the east end of the Square, and Dardanelles car park in Bowmont Street, would be closed from yesterday afternoon for “a special event”.