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The Liberty in Romford celebrates 50th birthday

PUBLISHED: 10:42 16 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:42 16 October 2018

From left to right: Marketing and administration assistant Jospeh Ridley with Mrs Shah, Deputy major councillor Michael Deon-Burton, Mr Shah and deputy centre and marketing manager Susan Williamson. Photo: Sandra Rowse

From left to right: Marketing and administration assistant Jospeh Ridley with Mrs Shah, Deputy major councillor Michael Deon-Burton, Mr Shah and deputy centre and marketing manager Susan Williamson. Photo: Sandra Rowse

Sandra Rowse

Happy Birthday to The Liberty!

Children enjoying a bouncy castle at The Liberty's Birthday party, Photo: Sandra RowseChildren enjoying a bouncy castle at The Liberty's Birthday party, Photo: Sandra Rowse

The Liberty Shopping Centre in Romford celebrated turning 50 at the weekend with an afternoon of festivities for the community and shoppers to enjoy.

Community groups and shoppers were invited to enjoy a tea party on Sunday (October 14) where they were served tea and coffee as well as a slice of the centre’s giant birthday cakes that displayed a new 50th anniversary logo and an image of the main square in the 1980’s.

Deputy major of Havering, councillor Michael Deon-Burton attended the party and was seen mingling with shoppers while they looked at a historical photographic gallery and listened to the best songs from the last 50 years.

Special guests Mr and Mrs Shah from Romford Gift Centre joined in the celebrations and were cheered by crowds for being the longest standing managers at The Liberty, since opening their shop in 1977.

Shoppers could look back at old photos of The Liberty over the last 50 years at its birthday party on Sunday. Photo: Sandra RowseShoppers could look back at old photos of The Liberty over the last 50 years at its birthday party on Sunday. Photo: Sandra Rowse

Mr and Mrs Shah cut the cake alongside the deputy major and The Liberty’s deputy centre and marketing manager Susan Williamson and marketing and administration assistant, Joseph Ridley.

Cake Box who created the giant cakes served over 600 slices to shoppers within two hours and Safowa Events provided entertainment for children including a bouncy castle and arts and crafts.

Centre Manager, Jonathan Poole said: “Thank you to everybody that helped us celebrate our 50th birthday.

“It was great to welcome both old and new shoppers to the centre and reminisce on the last 50 years here in Romford!”

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