Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

96-year-old joins charity flash mob

A huge group of staff and shoppers take part in a flash mob dance at the Beckton B and Q store
A flash mob dance takes place at the store in Beckton
The dancers moved to the beat of I've Got A Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas

A 96-year-old shop assistant has put on his dancing shoes as B&Q workers around the country took part in a co-ordinated "flash mob" routine for charity.

Sid Prior, who is believed to be the DIY retailer's oldest employee, joined around 100 fellow workers and weekend shoppers for a five-minute boogie to the Black Eyed Peas' tune I've Got A Feeling.

Mr Prior, who works part-time at the store in New Malden, Greater London, as a 'greeter' said: "It was very enjoyable. I thought I might have to tango, but it was in the style of the YMCA. I was throwing my arms around and twisting about."

The pensioner from Fulham, west London, has worked for the company for 21 years and earlier this year suffered a fire which damaged his home.

HR manager Kate North added: "We've been training in store over the last few weeks. It was all about having a bit of fun.

"People who entered the store stopped and got their cameras out and at the very end (they) clapped and cheered."

She said money raised from the stunt would go to Comic Relief, while it also aimed to show the benefits of learning a new skill.

A B&Q spokeswoman said the company used City & Guilds qualifications to help train staff and was also trying out new DIY classes and kids' clubs in some stores.

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