Newbury Parkway opened today!
PUBLISHED: 15:57 27 October 2011 | UPDATED: 20:11 20 February 2013
Parkway, Newbury's stunning new shopping centre was packed with shoppers on October 27 enjoying entertainment and quickly finding bargains and special celebration offers in the stores, writes editor Janice Raycroft.
Parkway, Newburys stunning new shopping centre was packed with shoppers on October 27 enjoying entertainment and quickly finding bargains and special celebration offers in the stores, writes editor Janice Raycroft.
The shoppers watched a parade from Market Square with the Parkway Jack is Back theme, a fanfare procession through the streets led by the towns very own Jack of Newbury.
With half term in full swing, children from Speenhamland primary school and a host of street entertainers, including medieval jesters and jugglers, stilt-walkers, giant puppets led the way with a musical accompaniment by medieval sextet City Waites.
Joning the dignataries on stage was littleMia Eldridge, winner of the Jack is Back childrens art competition at Speenhamland Primary school.The acclaimed Watership Brass, as well as lively vocal choir Sing 4 Fun also performed.
When the shops opened at 11am they were soon packed out, with the new centre displaying an excellent mix of top high street names and smaller independents offering something a little different.
The stores include Johnsons Shoes (who have a store at Windsor), jewellers Fraser Hart, Superdry, Topshop, H&M, Lakeland, Jigsaw, Argento and Hotel Chocolat, as well as anchors Debenhams and M&S (you can buy the latest issue of Berkshire Life in the M&S, in display by the tills!).
Theres also a great collection of prizes to be won online with Parkways Check in & Win campaign. Shoppers can simply Check In and say Hello Parkway now at the Parkway Facebook location to be in with a chance of winning some of the top prizes.
The party celebrations will continue throughout the opening weekend with more entertainment on Friday and Saturday, and on Halloween Sunday, Parkway will be alive or undead - with spook-tacular performers and eerie entertainers, as well as the Halloween Hullabaloo in association with The Corn Exchange, Newbury.