VIDEO: ‘We Love Leeds’ movie marks shopping centres’ 30th

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A LEEDS shopping centre is taking a step back in time as it celebrates its 30th birthday.

The St Johns Centre, which welcomes nine million visitors through its doors every year, will mark its 30th milestone by showing a special film, called ‘We Love Leeds’.

St Johns Centre, Leeds.

St Johns Centre, Leeds.

The movie looks at how the city has changed in the last three decades, and will be screened in the shopping centre until October 5.

Rebecca Bilclough, from the St Johns Centre, said: “It will hopefully bring back some fond memories for those old enough to remember and create some new ones for those who don’t.

“Many of the stores who were in the centre when we opened are no longer, such as Spoils and Cavendish Travel. However, some of the St Johns original line-up remains, including Jumbo Records, the Post Office and McDonalds.”

Angie Chapman has worked at the centre since it opened, working her way up from cleaner to operations manager. She said: “The centre has always been such a friendly, welcoming place.

“Over the years I’ve seen many changes. Prior to the internet, people used to queue throughout the centre to get their hands on concert tickets from Cavendish Travel.

“The mobile phone retailers of today could not even have been imagined back in 1984 and of course the fashions in store windows change by the week.”

Denise Jeffery, centre manager, said: “It is a place that has evolved and diversified, but the warm, welcoming spirit has remained unchanged.”

The commemorative film will be shown on the hour, every hour from 9am to 4pm, near Jumbo Records on the first floor.

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