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Bagpuss Draws Kids In at the Hildreds

Center manager Steve Andrews celebrated Easter in animatronic fashion.

By Shopping Center Weekly

Bagpuss Draws Kids In at the Hildreds

Here he goes again. Steve Andrews, the manager at the Hildreds Shopping Centre, likes to surprise his customers with arresting and original theme decor, and his latest one came this past Easter. Instead of focusing on the Easter Bunny and his eggs, the center’s display stars Bagpuss, the famous pink and white cat, and features the many treasures that he displayed in his shop.

Bagpuss actually shares the limelight with an animated storyteller who reads to shoppers about some of the cat’s treasures. The display, which will remain up until April 3rd, also doubles as a fundraising point for the Marie Curie charity, which offers care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their families.

“We have specifically chosen Bagpuss as our Easter display to mark its 30th anniversary,” Andrews noted.

“This will be our 21st year we have used the Easter display to raise money for Marie Curie in Skegness and we are proud of our association with the charity.”

The Hildreds’ other Easter initiatives included free chocolate lollipops for young ones viewing the display and a Bagpuss coloring contest giving children a chance to win some magical prizes.