On Saturday 26 April at 2pm an impromtu ‘flashmob’ occurred at the Fishergate Shopping Centre in Preston. This was an organised dance performance from 50 young people from across Lancashire. It was part of a campaign to encourage young people to take up activities that will improve their mental health.
The campaign focuses on encouraging people to improve their mood by becoming more physically active, talking to their friends, making time for themselves, or trying something new to learn new skills. Other maxims encouraged are to take time out, do something positive, keeping connected and being happy. Essentially, the idea from the Lancashire Young People’s Service is to help young people to keep positive and to cope with life’s ups and downs, at the same time learning how to walk the road of life as smoothly as possible, working and communicating with others.
It would be fair to say that the shoppers in the centre were pleasantly surprised with the young people’s very lively dance performance as the above images by Paul Melling clearly show.
A video by Gillian Lawson, of the ‘flashmob’ event can be viewed below.
You can view more information about what the organisation does on the Lancashire Young People’s Service website.
Were you in the Fishergate Centre to see the ‘flashmob’ performance and what are your thoughts on it? Let us know in the comments below.