Belfast Telegraph

Video: Flash mob helps derail train travellers’ blues

By John Mulgrew

It's usually just late trains that keep rail passengers at the station.

But at the weekend unsuspecting travellers at Belfast’s Central Station were treated to an impromptu ‘flash mob’ montage performance of cult 1980 musical The Blues Brothers.

An energetic dance troupe did their utmost in shaking their tail feathers to initially bemused onlookers — with a further 4,000 watching the spontaneous performance on YouTube after only 24 hours online.

But the iconic blues and soul performance wasn’t just about keeping Translink’s customers happy, with the event raising both cash for and awareness of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Organiser Fionnuala Dempsey from the charity said achieving the final result didn’t come easy.

“It was to raise money for a gig we are running in aid of the charity and I had always wanted to do one,” she added.

“Inspired by The Blues Brothers film, a friend put me in touch with choreographer Annika Graham. It was difficult and we had to approach Translink, but they were great.

“We were planning it for outside but the weather was awful.”

Dancers put their inhibitions aside to entertain crowds waiting for the Dublin train at the packed station.

“Translink chose the best time for us. It was brilliant.

“People were shocked initially, but then there was lots of applauding and it was well received.”

Fionnuala said she is now planning a further flash mob in advance of the charity blues gig being held at the Empire in Belfast next Wednesday.

“We are planning on doing it again before the gig but aren’t letting on where yet,” she admitted.

“It’s to help raise awareness of the gig, but obviously to help raise awareness of the Teenage Cancer Trust .

“That’s what I do for a living, to raise vital funds, and we are hoping to raise thousands with this.”

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