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A GROUP of Beatles-singing students had a ticket to ride as they brought the sound of music to the Metro.

They burst into Help by the Fab Four in Park Lane Interchange, as part of a flash mob event.

Students flash mob at Park Lane Interchange, Sunderland.

Students flash mob at Park Lane Interchange, Sunderland.

Their appearance was a pit-stop as they performed spontaneously on Metros across the network – much to the surprise of fellow passengers.

Flash mobber Becca Simpson, 19, from Thorney Close, said: “We’ve had a fabulous time. It’s been loads of fun.

“We’ve had a really positive reaction – people have been joining in on the trains.

“The aim is that we sit around like nothing’s happening then burst into song, then we go back to normal.”

Taniche Mitchell, 17, from Houghton, also a performing arts student at Gateshead College, said: “I was canny nervous before the first one, but it’s been good. It’s been a real buzz.

“Everyone knows The Beatles. Plus, doing street performance like this is great experience for us.”

The 40-strong troupe of performing arts students carried out the stunt to raise awareness of support for North East families affected by drug or alcohol misuse.

After performing, the students handed out leaflets about 10 voluntary and statutory support services which support families who are affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol problem across Sunderland and South Tyneside, collectively known as The Carers’ Drug and Alcohol Network.

First Contact Clinical manages a Single Point of Contact (SPOC) number for these services which provides a simple and confidential service for each area helping to signpost people to the most appropriate local support.

A spokeswoman said: “By using a surprising and lighthearted approach, we hope to raise the profile of a serious issue that affects around three million people across the UK.

“Through greater awareness of the support available, it is hoped that families, who often feel isolated and alone, will use one of the SPOC numbers to find support in their local area.

“Evidence shows that families who access support are healthier, happier and it improves the chances of the person with a drug and/or alcohol problem in their family accessing and successfully engaging in treatment.”

Sharon Kelly, director of customer services and operations at DB Regio Tyne and Wear, said: “As a part of the daily lives of so many people around the North East, Metro was able to offer the partnership between Adfam, First Contact Clinical and Carers’ Drug and Alcohol Network, a unique opportunity to reach a high volume of people with this important message. This is a cause Metro is proud to support.”

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