Come and join our mob!

Staff at B&Q in staff prepare for their bid to enter the world record books
Staff at B&Q in staff prepare for their bid to enter the world record books

WORKERS at a St Helens DIY store are preparing to bust a move into the record books.

Organisers are looking for dancers young and old to join them at the B&Q store on Ravenhead Retail Park as they attempt to set a world record for the most people ever to perform a simultaneous “flash mob” routine.

Dozens of strangers - including B&Q staff and local schoolchildren - are expected to take part in the synchronised dance to the Black Eyed Peas’ hit I’ve Gotta A Feeling this Saturday morning (March 5).

The local branch is linking up with B&Q stores across the globe in a bid to try to break the world record.

At 11.30am, all of B&Q’s 330 stores across the country will be taking part in the dance routine.

Bosses admit that the event is sure to cause a stir, and attract a few strange glances, but the store is keen to get customers, local residents and community groups involved - it’s a team effort!

The dance will be an example of a “flash mob”, which occurs when people arrange to meet at a certain place and time to carry out a quirky action, before disbanding minutes later.

Flash mobbing is seen as an anarchic, freedom-of-expression act, although many are now organised to be featured on Youtube.

Famous examples include people standing as still as statues or holding mass pillow-fights.

The craze supposedly started in 2003 when hundreds of “shoppers” turned up at a carpet store in New York at the same time, all interested in one particular rug.

It has become increasingly popular as people use the internet to arrange mass gatherings.

Emma Carrigan, of the St Helens store, said; “We’re passionate about DIY and want to make it easier for our customers to try their hand at home improvements.

“To show just easy it is to pick up a new skill, we’ll be getting our dancing shoes on and want to invite everyone to join us and be part of it.”

Anyone wanting to take part in the world record attempt needs to arrive at the local store by 11.15am in time for an 11.30am start.