On September 4, 1990, Sheffield’s Meadowhall Shopping Centre opened its door for the first time to thousands of shoppers, all eager to discover what the latest retail mecca had to offer.
At the time, Meadowhall was unique in terms of its location, size and design when out of town shopping centres with free parking were almost unheard of. Months of planning had gone into the opening day that attracted national and international media coverage, as well as tens of thousands of visitors and well-wishers.
As Meadowhall now prepares to celebrate that big day 25 years ago, new archive footage has come to light that shows the very first people who walked through the doors. The Centre is now hoping to trace those customers to share their memories of that special day.
The Meadowhall team hope that people may recognise themselves, friends or family in the shots and come forward.
Darren Pearce, the Centre Director, says: “We want people to see the pictures and hopefully spot a loved one or a neighbour, or if someone knows 25 years ago they were at the front of that queue we would love to hear from them - your memories are our memories.
We know that people came from all over Yorkshire and beyond for that big day and we hope that we will hear from customers from Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster, as well as further afield.”
People can contact Meadowhall via its Facebook or Twitter sites or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your details and one of the team will be in touch.