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A flash mob surprised shoppers at Walmer Park Shopping Centre on Saturday morning when a group of around 35 started dancing the “Bus Stop” to celebrate the start of spring.
The dance, organised by Bay businesswomen Mimi Rupp and Bev Gaia, brought smiles to the faces of many in the mall on the wet morning, several of who joined in when they realised what was going on.
Bystanders also appreciated the festive event.
“It was beautiful, I really enjoyed it so much,” said shopper Manuela Vital. “And I would have joined them but my [teenage] daughter was embarrassed and said ‘no Mummy please don’t’ but it was lovely!”
There was no stopping shoppers Beverly Jonas and Connie Jenneker, however, who said they loved the “Bus Stop” and were keen to jump into the action, shopping bags and all.
“We didn’t expect something like this at all!” said Jenneker.
Entertainer Niqui Cloete-Barrass – at the centre for its spring promotion – was the MC for the morning, at which models handed out flowers to passersby. She also joined in the flash mob when they started moving to the tune of “My Lady Soul”.
Mr Port Elizabeth Nicholas Affat was the only man to start with the group, but soon was joined by a middle-aged man in a check shirt for the encore.
Cloete-Barrass handed out 80 spot prizes to all who took part in the flash mob.
Rupp and Gaia asked friends to wear jeans and a white T-shirt and join them for a pre-flashmob briefing at 10.30 before leaping into action at 11am.
“Thank you to everyone who took part, it was such fun!” said Rupp. “I think there would have been more people if the weather hadn’t been so bad.”
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