Shoppers were nothing short of surprise this Saturday as dozens of people burst in to song as a part of a flash mob at one of York’s premium retail destinations.

The all singing spectacle was organised by Vangarde Shopping Park and Lucy’s Pop Choir, to encourage togetherness through the power of music and help shoppers feel the love on Valentine’s Weekend.

The choir posed as regular shoppers going about their business around the Next store, then one by one began singing Just the Way You Are, by Bruno Mars and it was all caught on film, which you can watch by clicking here. 

Lucy Mclean, choir director, said: “The choir have been excited about this for weeks. They love performing because we have so much fun, especially doing a flash mob.

“They always look and sound fantastic, but we’re about more than just the performances. Our choir brings people together, forges new friendships and boosts mental health. It’s so much more than just a hobby.”

Lucy’s Pop Choir is York’s fastest growing choir and now has seven choirs across York, Leeds and Peterborough, with another launching in Harrogate this June.

Lucy added: “We don’t audition and we don’t use sheet music because we believe that if you love singing, then you should do it.

“If you love singing, but haven’t joined a choir because you were nervous, or worried about not being the best singer, you don’t need to worry about any of that with us. Just come and enjoy yourself.”

Some shoppers joined in as the sound of A Million Dreams, from the hit film Greatest Showman, echoed around the ground floor of Next.

Deb O’Donnell, centre manager at Vangarde, said: “The positive attention the flash mob received proves that creating more enlivenment on the park can be extremely valuable and really enhance the shopping experience.

“We are looking forward to revealing our exciting events and campaigns calendar for the rest of the year which, teamed with the opening of the York Stadium Leisure Complex, will establish Vangarde as the ultimate family destination for shopping and leisure in York.”

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