Christmas shoppers were surprised this afternoon (Saturday 17 Dec) by an impromptu vocal performance from about 40 members of staff at Marks & Spencer’s store in Rugby.
Two young singers from Rugby Area Talent Trust were giving shoppers a treat anyway, with a number of Christmas songs. As they launched into Santa Claus is Coming to Town members of the store team started singing along. The staff were joined by Father Christmas of course, and Mayor of Rugby Cllr Sally Bragg, as they came down the escalators belting out the choruses.
With people literally dancing in the aisles, lots of shoppers stopped to listen and to see what was going on. “This is the most Christmassy I’ve felt so far this year”, said one. Others stayed on to join in with upbeat versions of Jingle Bells and Jingle Bell Rock, and great renditions of Chestnuts Roasting and Silent Night.
The performances were led by talented young singers Ellen Goodwin and Lois Arrow, with pianist Duncan Arrow.
As Duncan said afterwards, “I’d never taken part in a flash mob until today – tick that off my bucketlist!!
“And it wasn’t just ANY flash mob – this was an M&S flash mob”