Derby Center Appoints its Head of Fun


Being in the retail industry during the holidays is like watching sausage get made: you can never quite get the magic back. It can be difficult to see the fun of it all when you’re hip deep in logistics.

Westfield Derby is bringing in a little outside help to keep fun a priorty: it’s picked a candidate for a brand new position. Molly Taylor has been chosen as the center’s Head of Fun, and she’ll bring all the experience her 8 years have brought her to bear on the center’s children’s activities over the next year.

Young Molly was chosen from over 30 applicants for the ‘most fun job in town.’ The center was so impressed with the quality of applications that it also put together a Panel of Fun, Joseph Preedy (7), Penelope Harrison (9), Lucy Farrow (9) and Kieran Wakefield (10), to help Molly with her big decisions.

The job may be honorary, but the duties are serious. Molly will consult on all the big family holidays, like Christmas and Easter. She’ll also perform as a ceremonial functionary, welcoming celebrities and cartoon characters. Her most challenging project will likely be overseeing the refurbishment of the center’s parent and child facilities.

To reward her for all her hard work (as child labor is as yet illegal), Molly will be paid in gift vouchers and toys.

“So many of the children came to the interviews with fantastic ideas and we had a very difficult decision to make,” said center manager Janine Bone. “Molly, Joseph, Penelope, Lucy and Kieran all stood out for their own individual personalities and creativity; most importantly, they made us smile!”

Molly is looking forward to getting started. “I saw the job advertised in the paper and applied as I thought I might be good at it,” she said. “I have lots of fun ideas for children’s activities during the school holidays and weekends. I was so excited when I was told I had got the job!”


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