A FLASH mob descended on Durham’s Market Place over the weekend to promote a local charity event.

St Cuthbert’s Hospice, based in Merryoaks, Durham, hoped to grab the attention of the ladies shopping in the city centre on Saturday.

Up to 30 women dressed in pink surprised passers-by with the upbeat 80’s dance routine to promote the hospice’s annual Midnight Walk, due to take place on Saturday June 8.

The aim was to register as many women up as possible to take part in the 10k sponsored walk, which is in its seventh year.

A hospice spokesman said: “Making the occasion all the more poignant, 2013 see’s St Cuthbert’s celebrating its 25th anniversary, having been founded by the local community in 1988 when it was decided the Durham area was lacking vital hospice care facilities.

“Last year over 700 ladies joined together to paint Durham City pink for the moonlit Midnight Walk, and St Cuthbert’s are calling on all those who have taken part before to come back and walk for the 25th celebration year, as well as those ladies who want to give it a go for the first time.”

Setting off from St Leonard’s school playing field, the walk is open to all ladies, and accompanied female children over the age of 12.

Registration costs £10 and walkers are asked to collect as much sponsorship as possible.

Anyone interested can register for the walk by visiting www.stcuthbertshospice.com or calling Lily Axworthy on 0191-386-1170.