VIDEO: Film star dog Pudsey to take over Wellingborough for the day

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A famous dog is all set to take over Wellingborough.

Now a bone-a-fide movie star, Britain’s Got Talent winner Pudsey is returning home with owner Ashleigh Butler to celebrate the release of his first film, Pudsey the Dog: The Movie on Friday.

Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey attend the premiere of Pudsey the Dog the Movie held at Vue West End, Leicester Square, London.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 13, 2014. See PA story SHOWBIZ Pudsey. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire NNL-140714-105112001

Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey attend the premiere of Pudsey the Dog the Movie held at Vue West End, Leicester Square, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 13, 2014. See PA story SHOWBIZ Pudsey. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire NNL-140714-105112001

They will be presented with medals by the Mayor of Wellingborough and a flag will be raised in their honour, giving them the freedom of the town for the day.

The tongue-in-cheek stunt has been organised to celebrate the release of the film, which has an exclusive screening in Northampton on Wednesday before hitting cinemas nationwide on Friday.

Mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Jim Bass, said: “Pudsey is going to take over for the day and bring a bit of Hollywood to Wellingborough. I’m delighted to welcome him back to the town where it all began.

“This is a just a bit of fun, but it’s also great to show that as a town we are proud of Pudsey as he embarks on his film career. I really do wish him and Ashleigh all the very best.”

Pudsey with his co-stars in his new film

Pudsey with his co-stars in his new film

Pudsey the Dog: The Movie follows cheeky stray dog Pudsey (voiced by David Walliams), who is quite happy being a lone ranger, looking out for number one, until he meets siblings Molly, George and Tommy. After losing their father, their mother Gail (played by Jessica Hynes) is moving the family to the sleepy village of Chuffington and Pudsey tags along, to the dismay of their landlord Mr Thorne (John Sessions), and his cat Faustus. As Pudsey starts to settle in with the family and realise what he was missing when he was alone, he stumbles across Thorne’s evil plan and determines to save the whole village.

None of the costs of Wednesday’s promotional stunt have been paid for by the council.