The UKâ€™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 â€˜Christmas Starts with Christâ€™ campaign which runs until Christmas.
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 â€˜Christmas Starts with Christ.â€™
The second image shows an ultrasound scan of the baby Jesus - while still in the womb - complete with halo and the tag line: â€˜He is coming.â€™
The final image shows Jesus as a 40 feet high plastic doll called Godbaby â€“ with the tag line: â€˜He cries. He wees. He saves the world.â€™
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 Annâ€™s church. The church forms part of St Annâ€™s Square at the heart of Manchesterâ€™s shopping and commercial centre.
The Rector of St Annâ€™s, Revd Nigel Ashworth, said; â€œWe were delighted to provide the space free of charge to the campaign. St Annâ€™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.â€