Party rock in Whiteley Shopping Centre in aid of charity

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INTRIGUED Julia Rose had never seen a flashmob first hand so she decided to organise her own.

After becoming fascinated by the dance craze – which involves people performing in a public place – the 52-year-old, from Warsash, struck upon the idea of holding her own to raise money for charity.

Whiteley Village People after their flashmob at Whiteley Shopping Centre. Picture: Ken Walker

Whiteley Village People after their flashmob at Whiteley Shopping Centre. Picture: Ken Walker

She set up a group called Whiteley Village People and started to recruit friends, family and neighbours.

After nine weeks of rehearsing, the group performed its first flashmob at Whiteley Shopping Centre, on Saturday, June 21.

Mrs Rose said: ‘It looked like fun and I wanted to organise one to cheer everybody up.

‘It was a beautiful day and we raised lots of money. It was great, but the ironic thing is I still haven’t seen a flashmob, apart from when I turned around and caught a glimpse of everyone dancing.’

Around 30 people took part and they raised £500.

The money will go to the Make-A-Wish foundation, to grant wishes of children with life threatening illnesses.

The group now hopes to raise more than £3,000 and will be holding more flashmobs. To take part call 07854 580539.