Harrogate family makes emotional short film to show what life is like in lockdown

A Harrogate family’s short film takes a poignant look at life in the town during lockdown, through the eyes of a child.

Friday, 19th June 2020, 4:45 pm

As lockdown starts to ease, ‘Harrogate’s Heroes: Covid-19’ is a reminder of the tough restrictions residents have faced - and it has even moved some viewers to tears.

The film also highlights the incredible efforts of the town’s keyworkers.

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Four-year-old Aidan Hodgkiss and his one-year-old brother, Vinny.

The Hodgkiss family, of Killinghall, produced the film after being inspired by a school challenge.

Mum Merewyne Hodgkiss said: “The pupils were asked to write a poem about coronavirus and I thought I would have a go myself.

“It felt natural to turn the poem into a film and have a visual reminder of this significant time in our lives.”

The video, which has been widely shared on social media, stars Aidan Hodgkiss, age four, and his one-year-old brother Vinny.

Aidan said: “Making the film was a fun home-school activity and I loved dressing up as a superhero. Everyone who stayed home is a superhero and has saved lives.”

The Hodgkiss’ say they have received 'great' feedback on the film.

“It has made some people quite emotional”, said Merewyne. “It makes you think about how Covid-19 and the lockdown are affecting children.”

The family shared the film to thank the people of Harrogate for helping to fight the pandemic, particularly keyworkers, volunteers and all the 'stay-home superheroes'.

Watch the film at www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=AhP3PKd3oNE&feature=youtu.be

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