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Paul Lake reveals special Santa Stroll warm up

  • 15 November 2012 13:20
  • Posted by Mark Booth

Former City midfielder outlines what he expects to see in the build-up to the third annual Santa Stroll.

Inspired by a video on YouTube, Paul Lake has called upon supporters attending the event to put on a memorable rendition of the Kolo/Yaya song as a warm-up for the jaunt around the Etihad Stadium on Sunday 2 December.

2 Unlimited's No Limits song has been adopted by the City faithful and transformed into a celebration of the Toure brothers and there have been some exceptional performances documented on YouTube, including this five minute epic.

“It was an idea that came from the Blue Tuesday show I do with Ian Cheeseman on BBC Manchester,” Lake revealed.

“A guest on the show asked if I’d seen the video on YouTube of the guys in the Bank pub doing the chant so when I got in I watched and was laughing so much at how much people were putting into it, I thought it’d be a great warm-up for the Santa Stroll.

“Imagine thousands of people in the sky blue Santa suits doing that at City Square - there’s even talk of seeing how long we can keep it going for and you can just see that as a video on someone’s phone or as a ringtone – it would be such a brilliant spectacle.”

Take note of the dance moves, as you will be expected to perform them if you’re donning the suits for the run (or stroll) around the stadium. 

“City fans have a reputation for being self-deprecating and I think maybe that’s got lost a little bit in recent times because the expectations are so high with the first team but I think the Kolo/Yaya song helps to get us back on track in that respect," Lake stated.

“It’s one of the best chants, I like the fact that everyone can join in, it’s so infectious and it’s actually good exercise – you watch that video and you can see people incorporating some Stone Roses moves into it – it’s just good fun and that’s what we’re about.

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“There’s loads of things for the kids – you’ve got everything from live reindeer, Santa’s sleigh, all of the CITC inflatable challenges and the trophy with Santa as well as some unbelievable goodie bags.

“It’s all about getting fit, getting loads of Blues together, having a nice little bite to eat in City Square and you even get a discount in City Store if you participate."

Beneficiaries of the stroll include the Factory Youth Zone which works in Harpurhey to give youngsters access to incredible opportunities at the state of the art facility - ironically opened by Kolo and Yaya Toure themselves last year.

Entry to the Stroll costs £15 for adults and £10 for children, a price which includes the sky blue Santa suit and a goodie bag and medal for the kids upon completion. 

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