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Giant Christmas ad to be unveiled

Date: 10 December 2012

The UK’s largest Christmas ad is to be unveiled in Manchester by the Bishop of Bolton. Taller than the Great Wall of China at 40 feet high and the length of three buses (106 feet long), it is part of the church backed ‘Christmas Starts with Christ’ campaign which runs until Christmas.

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The ad shows three contemporary images of the nativity:

The first image is an atmospheric oil painting of the nativity set at a bus stop painted by, internationally acclaimed artist, Andrew Gadd. It has the simple tag line ‘Christmas Starts with Christ.’ The second image shows an ultrasound scan of the baby Jesus - while still in the womb - complete with halo and the tag line: ‘He is coming.’
The final image shows Jesus as a 40 feet high plastic doll called Godbaby – with the tag line: ‘He cries. He wees. He saves the world.’
Members the public are being asked to say which of the three images they like best by voting at www.christmasnearyou.com

Millions of people are expected to see the ad which will be fixed to scaffolding on the side of St Ann’s church. The church forms part of St Ann’s Square at the heart of Manchester’s shopping and commercial centre.

The Rector of St Ann’s, Revd Nigel Ashworth, said; “We were delighted to provide the space free of charge to the campaign. St Ann’s tower marks the geographical centre of Manchester. So literally and in a unique way we have managed to put the Christmas message at the heart of this great city.”

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