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Don Foster accosted by Age UK flash mob

October 3, 2023 by Don Foster MP in Don in Bath, News

Bath MP Don Foster got a surprise while returning to his constituency office on Monday. 30 members of Age UK Bath and North East Somerset formed a flash mob and descended on central Bath to mark UN International Older People’s Day.

The group, whose ages range from late 50s to their late 80s, ran through Tai Chi exercises at Kingsmead Square outside Age UK Bath and North East Somerset’s offices and outside Marks and Spencers on Stall Street. There was also a collection in aid of the charity’s popular Fit as a Fiddle programme.

The Fit as a Fiddle programme now runs 7 Tai Chi classes around the Bath and North East Somerset area. Fit as a Fiddle also offers activities such as walking groups, Culture Club and beginner computer classes to encourage ‘silver surfing’. Lottery funding for the project has just run out and its future is uncertain.

Flashmobber Jackie Woodland said, “I’ve always wanted to do something like this. My 14 year-old granddaughter is green with envy.” Another, Reverend Chris Moorhouse, said, “It gave us a chance to poke a finger in the eye of old age.”

Programme co-ordinator Paula Smith said, “Fit as a Fiddle gets referrals from health services such as St Martin’s Hospital, particularly for falls prevention. We’re delighted with people’s reaction to it and it’s fair to say none of our Tai Chi-ers ever expected to be in a flashmob!”

Foster, who was happy to show his support, said, “Age UK does fantastic work in Bath. Older people are often forgotten, but events like these remind us that older people are still capable of having fun and staying active. It’s certainly made an impression on the younger generations.”

Pictures of the flashmob can be seen on www.ageukbanes.co.uk and at www.facebook.com/#!/AgeUkBathAndNorthEastSomerset.