Mannequin models surprise shoppers

Dancers pose as 'moving mannequins' at the Paton Place vintage emporium in Crown Walk, Bicester.''From left, Emily Sutton, Esther Lim and Effie McGuire Ward.
Dancers pose as 'moving mannequins' at the Paton Place vintage emporium in Crown Walk, Bicester.''From left, Emily Sutton, Esther Lim and Effie McGuire Ward.

BICESTER shoppers reacted with bemusement and delight on Tuesday as a group of young dancers became ‘moving mannequins’ in a town centre shop.

Dancers Effie McGuire Ward, Emily Sutton, and Esther Lim staged a performance in the Paton Place vintage emporium in Crown Walk.

The event was organised by Miss McGuire Ward, 23, with support from the Bicester-based charity the OYAP (Oxfordshire Youth Arts Partnership) Trust.

Helen Le Brocq, director of OYAP Trust, said: “It was wonderful to see a young dancer bringing something new and surprising to Bicester, the audience were fascinated by the performance.

“This is a great example of how young people and local businesses can work together to make interesting creative and cultural events happen in their community.”

The dancers modelled vintage clothing supplied by Paton Place, which also brought in professional make-up artist Jessica-Kate Biggs to give the dancers their mannequin look.

They performed quirky dance moves as they modelled three sets of Paton Place vintage outfits.

Miss McGuire Ward is working with the OYAP Trust as part of its Stepping Up programme, which supports young artists at the beginning of their careers.

She now hopes to stage more performance opportunities for young people in Bicester. Visit www.oyap.org.uk for details.