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Shoppers greeted by breakdancing team of Santas.

Byline: Brian Daniel

CHRISTMAS shoppers performed a double take yesterday after being confronted with a team of breakdancing Santas.

Festive bargain hunters at Cramlington's Manor Walks shopping centre were brought to a standstill by the moves of award-winning street dance act Bad Taste Cru yesterday afternoon.

The yuletide breakdancing was part of Manor Walks' ongoing Cramlington's Community Christmas events programme, which celebrates the importance of community and charity throughout the festive season and encourages shoppers to do likewise. The act, based at Dance City - the National Dance Agency for the North East in Newcastle - performed four action packed routines at the centre's East Mall, between Northern Rock and Sainsbury's.

Shows booked by centre management were put on from 3.30pm, and proved popular with both children who had finished school and adults just out of work.

Bruno Coppola, manager at Manor Walks, said: "Manor Walks was thrilled to host such an alternative and exhilarating yuletide performance, the aim of which was to celebrate the importance of community and charity throughout the festive season, encouraging shoppers to do the same.

"Manor Walks is a familiar but surprising shopping centre and we hope that this Cramlington Community Christmas, particularly breakdancing Santas, will bring something a bit different to our loyal customers." The exhilarating performances went down a treat with children shopping with their parents. Edin McGee, four, from Cramlington, said: "I love the Santas, I want to dance like Santa!" Simon James, eight, also from the town, added: "Santa was amazing, is it the real Santa?" The centre is hosting other events as part of Cramlington Community Christmas today and tomorrow.

Today, a traditional Christmas choir from The Salvation Army is performing from 2pm to 4pm for residents of local care homes who will be treated to minced pies and mulled wine by bosses at Manor Walks.

Tomorrow, children from Cramlington's Beacon Hill Primary School are doing a lantern parade from 4pm.

Pupils will be carrying handcrafted lanterns and singing carols from their Christmas school play.

Manor Walks has also set up food and Christmas present donation drop off points.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 7, 2011
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