VIDEO - Harrogate flashmob

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A FLASHMOB took place in Harrogate on Saturday to publicise the upcoming hospitality and tourism awards.

It was great – watch it here.

With more than 80 people taking part, a crowd of hundreds quickly stopped to witness the seemingly spontaneous moment when music suddenly fired up and members of the public suddenly started dancing to the sound of The Hand Jive from the movie Grease.

A flash mob is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression.

Saturday’s performance was to promote the fact that there is less than two weeks left to vote in the Harrogate Hospitality and Tourism Awards.

Organiser Simon Cotton, from Destination Harrogate, who organised the event, said he was hugely grateful to Jo Marshall of Danceworx in Knaresborough for her help.

“I had the idea on Friday night just two weeks ago,” he said.

“I got in touch with Jo through a mutual contact and she has been fantastic at taking on the challenge in putting it together in such a short space of time and I am so grateful to her for all her help and of course of that of the dance troupe themselves who were brilliant.

“It just seemed such a good idea to bring a flash mob together and perform, as we often liken working in the hospitality industry to performing on stage – it’s a new show every day with no rehearsal and we have to entertain and look after people so the flash mob just worked well to highlight this.”

Joining in with the 30 or more dancers from Danceworx were staff from the Cedar Court and Old Swan Hotels, including Simon Cotton, David Ritson and their families, along with Patrick Dunlop of Stray FM, many friends and family members, and even one of Harrogate’s Council’s street cleaning team. The dancers were between seven and 55 years of age.