Hundreds help Clarendon Square celebrate 50th anniversary
Monday 7th August 2017 @ 08:29 by Adam Higgins
Hyde News

Hundreds turned out to help a Hyde shopping centre celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Guests attended Clarendon Square’s ‘Hyde Hop’ birthday event, which brought the 1960s back in full, fun technicolour style.

From a virtual reality ‘festival’ experience, to arts and crafts, face-painting, giant floor games, balloon-making, a host of entertainers and more, visitors to the centre revelled in the wonderful celebration of its fifty-year success, all set to a ‘Summer of Love’ backdrop.

Paula Wood, centre manager at Clarendon Square, was thrilled to see so many guests who turned out over the two-day party to show their support.

She said: “‘Hyde Hop’ was a fantastic way to mark this very special anniversary. It was lovely to chat with our regular customers and hear their memories of when we first opened.

“Meeting out-of-towners who also came to visit us for the first time and hearing their comments about the great energy and atmosphere across the centre was a wonderful compliment. It’s always such a highlight seeing lots of children having a brilliant time with all the activities too.”

Slice of fun: Alison Egerton from Greenhalghs (second right) and the entertainers cutting the ‘Hyde Hop’ 50th birthday cake

Team members from retailers including 02, Greenhalgh Bakers and the British Heart Foundation embraced peace and love in a colourful display of sixties’ fancy dress outfits.

Phone provider, O2, brought the biggest festival of the 60s to the mall, and giving it a local spin – via the (flower) power of virtual reality headsets – visitors were transported to ‘Hydestock’ to groove to music hits from the past.

No birthday party is complete without a cake, and Greenhalgh Bakers delivered a delicious one and shared with guests along with other free samples of tasty treats.

Getting involved: 11-year-old Brook Ogiliev and sister Maddie Ogiliev, 10, having their faces painted

The British Heart Foundation took the opportunity to raise awareness about heart disease and raised more than £120 from its tombola – the funds will go towards further medical research.

Paula added: “Thank you to everyone who came to ‘Hyde Hop’ and to all who have supported us over the years. The centre may be 50, but we’re certainly not slowing down.

“We are fully committed to developing and improving our retail offering further and continuing to provide the town with a fantastic shopping experience.”

Popping by: Jack Dawson was impressed with his freebie from the balloon artist during his visit to the shopping centre


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Feeling the love: Emma Thatcher from The British Heart Foundation, which raised a fantastic £124 during the event