Devon businessman makes hilarious Sound of Music inspired video – Devon Live

A Devon businessman is proving to be an online sensation after making a humorous video inspired by The Sound of Music to promote a free music event he is hosting over the August bank holiday.

Robert Braddick, the owner of Braddicks Leisure in the seaside village of Westward Ho! near Bideford, has swapped his usual smart attire to look like Julie Andrews’s nun character in the classic cliff top scene in The Sound of Music.

The words of the song have been cleverly changed to, “The Ho! is alive with the sound of music”, to advertise a three-day live music event being held at the Waterfront Inn in Westward Ho! from August 25 to 27.

The video, aptly named The Sand of Music, has already had 40,000 views in just 12 hours. The inspiration behind the video is because the bank holiday event has had a change of name this year. For the past seven years, the 45-year-old has hosted Bradfest, but it became so popular it was shut down by police in 2016, as it attracted too many people.

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Robert has been allowed to continue the bank holiday music extravaganza this year by giving it a new name, The Sand of Music, and is limiting the numbers to 750 people at the Waterfront Inn which will have four marquees.

“It’s all been amicable,” said Robert. “The new name is a reference to the beach the premises is on. As it’s had a name change I thought it would be quite funny to make a video with the lyrics apt to the area. There’s reference in there to the car park I own and our two pubs.

“I have been surprised by peoples’ reaction to it and the numbers who have seen it already. I think it shows Westward Ho! in a nice light, especially as it was a sunny day when we filmed it. I’m not sure about the singing though. I don’t think I will be getting a telephone call anytime soon!”

Robert says he has no previous stage or singing experience, and isn’t planning a sudden change of career.

“It’s just bit of fun,” he said. “I do like advertising that when you see it your reaction is to smirk or smile, and I hope that’s what this video does.”

Robert is already a popular businessman in the village. Last year he was hailed by residents after buying his local car park off the council and immediately making it free for motorists rather than £3 a day. He also bought a 12-bedroom Victorian property next to the car park which was in need of extensive refurbishment and renovation.

The father-of-two, whose family have run the nearby Braddicks Holiday Centre for nearly 70 years, said the car park was in a field his grandfather owned until 1965.


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