Shopping centre spreads the love by giving Romford shoppers 1000 balloons to pop for prizes

The Liberty Shopping Centre in Romford bursts into colour as 1,000 balloons are released from its m

The Liberty Shopping Centre in Romford bursts into colour as 1,000 balloons are released from its main square to celebrate Valentines Day. - Credit: Archant

An excited crowd of shoppers gathered to burst balloons for prizes at a shopping centre on Sunday to celebrate Valentines Day.

Vinnie Bailey, six, with his mum after scooping a £20 gift card at the Liberty Shopping Centre's Val

Vinnie Bailey, six, with his mum after scooping a £20 gift card at the Liberty Shopping Centre's Valentines Balloon Drop. Photo: Aimee Clark/DeWinter Marketing - Credit: Aimee Clark/DeWinter Marketing

Ribbon puller, Vinnie Bailey, six, from Dagenham was selected at random to release 1000 red and white balloons filled with 101 prizes.

One Romford couple, Stacey and Jeff Emms, eagerly stomped away to find themselves the lucky winners of a £500 shopping experience at the Liberty Shopping Centre in Romford.

“We weren’t expecting to win anything we just entered for a bit of fun,” said Stacey.

“I popped one last balloon which had a piece of paper saying I had won a £500 gift card, I couldn’t believe it, I thought is this real?

The Liberty Shopping Centre in Romford bursts into colour as 1,000 balloons are released from its m

The Liberty Shopping Centre in Romford bursts into colour as 1,000 balloons are released from its main square to celebrate Valentines Day. - Credit: Archant


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“I am so happy.”

Other families, couples and parents eagerly stomped away to find out if they had a £20, £10 and £5 gift card hidden in their balloons.

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Centre manager, Jonathan Poole said: “Congratulations to our lucky winners and a big thank you to all our shoppers who took part, we were so pleased to be able to share the love and make their day even more special.”

The Liberty Shopping Centre in Romford bursts into colour as 1,000 balloons are released from its m

The Liberty Shopping Centre in Romford bursts into colour as 1,000 balloons are released from its main square to celebrate Valentines Day. - Credit: Archant

Vinnie Bailey, six, with his mum after scooping a £20 gift card at the Liberty Shopping Centre's Val

Vinnie Bailey, six, with his mum after scooping a £20 gift card at the Liberty Shopping Centre's Valentines Balloon Drop. Photo: Aimee Clark/DeWinter Marketing - Credit: Aimee Clark/DeWinter Marketing

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