Stockport building society mascot Vernon Bear is playing a starring role in the new mockumentary about Stockport band Blossoms.
The tongue-in-cheek film, Where are Blossoms?, speaks to band members about why they have split up after the successful self-titled 2016 debut album and gone on to pastures new.
Bass player Charlie Salt has taken a new job as the man inside the Vernon Bear costume and is seen walking out with Stockport County for a match at Edgeley Park.
Vernon Bear is the mascot for both the Vernon Building Society and Stockport County Football Club.
The film, of course, is a spoof as the band has released its new single, I Can’t Stand It, with the new album due for release this month.
The video, which can be seen on Blossoms’ Facebook page, is filmed around Stockport, where the band all hail from and take their name from The Blossoms pub on the A6.
Simon Dawson, commercial manager at County, appears in the video and also used to wear the bear suit on match days.
Charlie’s granddad, John Fitzpatrick, is a club ambassador, so County is in Charlie’s blood – he is the County fan in the band and gets to matches as often as the band’s schedule will allow.
“My two sons went to the school with the band and they sponsored a match ball as part of their first album release.
“Charlie called me and asked if he could use the suit for the video, and of course, we were happy to be able to help out.”
Ian Keeling, Director of Sales & Marketing at Vernon Building Society, said
It is great to see two Stockport giants collaborate in such a way. Describing himself as the sixth member of Blossoms, Vernon Bear is also very happy to support local charity and community groups in their fundraising efforts.”
* The Vernon Bear outfit is available to hire free of charge for approved charities, educational groups and fundraising events.
The Vernon Bear costume can only be hired via the society’s website, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0161 429 6262.
Images: courtesy of SJM Concerts – stills from the video