Riverside Travels in Time for the Diamond Jubilee

It isn’t every year a monarch’s Diamond Jubilee comes around—in fact, it isn’t even every century. That certainly makes it an occasion worth celebrating, one that many British centers are getting behind. One of those centers is Riverside Shopping Centre, and it’s planning to pack a good six decades of celebration into one short Saturday next month.

For each decade of Queen Elizabeth’s rule, the center has come up with a fun activity that fits the flavor of the time. It starts in the 1950s, with an Arty Party workshop. Younger shoppers will have the opportunity to create their own crowns to mark the coronation that started the journey.

The 1960s will be marked with something that’s likely to feature in more than a few photo opportunities: a recreation of the famous Abbey Road zebra crossing. Then, in the 1970s, things get a little hipper, err, hippier as shoppers take a a trip down memory lane. Shoppers young and old will create their very own flower power designs that will be displayed on the mall.

In the 1980s, the techies start to come out. The center will bring out some of the big stars of the decade, like Pac-man, Space Invaders and Donkey Kong (in playable form). Shoppers with a sweet tooth might want to skip ahead to the 1990s, where they can test their skills with Riverside’s 1990’s sweet challenge.

Finally, we end up back in familiar times: the digital world of the ‘noughties.’ That means Facebook and Twitter offers and special rewards with QR codes.

“The past 60 years have seen some great iconic events take place and our interactive time machine event will simply celebrate the best bits of each decade,” said David Robinson, centre manager of Riverside Shopping Centre. “It will give the whole family the opportunity to enjoy a free fun day out together to celebrate the Jubilee.”

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