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Bjorn the Bear brings plenty of smiles to Crompton Place

Posted on 7th December 2017

Giant bear kicks off ‘Christmas Critters’ event

A four-legged furry friend gave more than 400 shoppers a flurry of surprise and excitement at Crompton Place a few days ago when Bjorn the Bear visited the centre to kick off the seasonal ‘Christmas Critters’ series of events.

The life-sized animatronic polar bear, alongside his Eskimo friend Arthur, spent time meeting and greeting visitors to the Bolton shopping centre and getting those all-important photos with curious shoppers.

Children were also able to take part in a special bear trail during where plenty of free chocolate treats were up for grabs. Crompton Place Centre Manager, Paula Wood, said she was delighted to welcome Bjorn the Bear and was thrilled with the reaction from shoppers.

“We had a great Saturday in Crompton Place,” said Paula. “It isn’t every day that you see a polar bear in a shopping centre and the surprised looks on people’s faces were fantastic. Bjorn is the first in a series of ‘Christmas Critters’ that we’ll be welcoming to the centre over the festive season and everyone at Crompton Place can’t wait for the fun to continue.”

The Christmas Critters events continue this Saturday with an animal puppet show set to entertain and amaze youngsters. The free festive fun takes place between 10am and 4pm with face painting and glitter makeovers also on offer for children, and those just young at heart, to take advantage of.

“The festive period is always a great time at Crompton Place,” added Paula, “and we wanted to make it even more special by welcoming our furry friends to the centre as we get closer to Christmas.

“On Saturday 16 December, we’ll have two festive squirrels – with a special message about the importance of recycling. The Saturday before Christmas, Rudolph will be making a stop in the centre, with one of Santa’s elves, before they head back to the North Pole to get ready for their Christmas Eve journey.”

The free Christmas Critters event at Crompton Place Shopping Centre will take place every Saturday from 2 December to 23 December in the unit between Select and Beaverbrooks. Shoppers can enjoy an animal puppet show on 9 December; see the eco-friendly squirrels on 16 December and help Rudolph and Santa’s elf make some reindeer food on 23 December. For event timings, please visit www.crompton-place.co.uk