Metrocentre Turns 25

Metrocentre just turned 25, and you’d better believe the shopping center celebrated in style.

To bring its birthday in with a bang, it put together what it believes to be the biggest fireworks display its region had ever seen. The extravaganza marked the end of a series of celebrations that have been running all year.

“Our 25th birthday showcase event was outstanding; we had a great turnout, with around 7,000 people attending, and it was clear to see that everyone had a good time,” said Metrocentre general manager Tim Lamb. “It’s been a fantastic year for us, and the event was our way of thanking everyone who has shopped, played and worked at the centre over the last 25 years, making it the success that it is today.”

The event also included fairground rides for the little ones and music to liven up the party.

Over the last few months, the center has held a series of engaging, including flashmobs, fashions shows and dance acts as well as the launch of ‘Larger than Life’ metallic silver people, who have been appearing in the malls every month since April. Each new installation launched one of the centre’s massive ‘What’s in the Bag?’ competitions that gave shoppers the chance to win everything from a trip to the Monaco Grand Prix to £3,000 of Apple products. Almost 50,000 entries have been received to date.

The center also commissioned another Larger than Life display as a birthday present to itself, with hundreds of creative and colorful birds and butterflies taking flight in the center’s wings — some up to 3.5metres tall.

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