Do you remember shopping in Lion Yard in the 1970s? This year, the Cambridge shopping centre, which opened in 1975, celebrates its 40th birthday, and we’re all invited – flares and platforms optional.
The first event to launch the celebrations will be held on Saturday 4 April at 11am, when customers can take a ‘time warp’ back to the 70s as dancers perform a dazzling routine to the infamous music from the cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which also turns 40 this year (along with David Beckham, Kate Winslet and the band Iron Maiden).
There’ll also be a 70s-themed Green Screen, for visitors to have their photo taken with friends and family – you’ll get a free print to take home. Groovy.
And, as it’s Easter, there will be a lots of chocolate treats to enjoy. Between 10.30am and 4.30pm, Hotel Chocolat’s Beau Bunny will be handing out chocolate eggs and offering a chance to win more Hotel Chocolat prizes.
The Lion Yard’s big 4-0 celebrations continue through 2015 with a diary of fashion and music events celebrating different eras. The centre is home to some of the high street’s biggest fashion brands including New Look, Miss Selfridge and Superdry, as well food and drink venues such as Yo! Sushi, Hotel Chocolat and Jamaica Blue.
DID YOU KNOW?
For many years the atrium featured a large red lion atop a pillar, a reference to the Red Lion pub which once stood on the site. It went missing in 2001 but was found in storage, and now lives in a glass box at the Cambridge University Rugby Club.