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FEWER than 50 people turned out for the latest 'flashmobbing' event in Birmingham yesterday.

They gathered outside the Oxfam shop in Birmingham city centre, where they had been directed by internet and textmessages, and waved clothes above their heads.

After a chorus of Red Hot Chili Peppers' anthem Give It Away, they handed the unwanted clothes to the charity.

Oxfam deputy manager Ken Cox, 46, admitted he was shocked by the sudden rush of donations at exactly 12.12pm, but grateful for the generosity of those taking part.

'I wondered what was going on when I saw them all coming in but it's brilliant and it has certainly put a smile on my face,' he said. 'They can do this every day as far as I'm concerned.'

Flash-mobbing is a bizarre craze in which strangers are gathered together to perform often pointless acts.

In recent outbreaks 100 people gathered in front of the London Eye to wave a banana and worship the giant wheel.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Aug 17, 2003
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