Mansfield’s Four Seasons Shopping Centre is 40 years old

The old fountains inside Four Seasons Shopping Centre, Mansfield.

The old fountains inside Four Seasons Shopping Centre, Mansfield.

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Retail bosses are preparing to celebrate 40 years of business in Mansfield – and are appealing for help from shoppers to mark the occasion.

Four Seasons Shopping Centre is 40 years old this year and staff are appealing for shoppers to share any old photographs of the complex to go on display during the birthday celebrations.

A Scalextric competition in the shopping centre in June 2007.

A Scalextric competition in the shopping centre in June 2007.

The town centre shopping complex first opened on March 9, 1976 and will mark the anniversary with a party the weekend beforehand.

A centre spokesman said: “We’re on the hunt for any old photos or press cuttings to display at our birthday party event on Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6”.

Rebekah O’Neill, centre manager, said: “We are thrilled to be celebrating Four Seasons’ 40th birthday.

“A lot has changed over the last 40 years both at Four Seasons and in general and we are looking forward to taking this opportunity to reminisce and celebrate.”

Mansfield firefighters give Santa a helping hand into Debenhams in the shopping centre in November 2006, watched by Otto Vout, then aged five, and his bear Spencer.

Mansfield firefighters give Santa a helping hand into Debenhams in the shopping centre in November 2006, watched by Otto Vout, then aged five, and his bear Spencer.

Rebekah has her own memories of visiting the centre as a child, including shopping at Zodiac Toys and dropping her ladybird purse in the centre’s famous – and much-missed – fountains.

She has been centre manager for 11 years, having begun her retail career as a “Saturday girl” in John Menzies, now WHSmith, in the centre.

Rebekah said: “We’ve got some great activities planned for our birthday weekend, with the focus being a memory board on display in the centre.

“With more than 24 million local people visiting us over the last 40 years, and many thousands working here at some point in their careers, we know there are millions of memories out there in our great town.

Retailers in the centre celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Retailtrust in May 2007.

Retailers in the centre celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Retailtrust in May 2007.

“We are therefore asking people to share their memories with us via our Facebook page, Four Seasons Shopping Centre.

“We are also asking people to share with us any photos, or newspaper clippings that they may have.”

What are your memories of the shopping centre? Email newsdesk@chad.co.uk

Hayley Watson and Rebekah O`Neill from the centre management team launch a free crackers promotion in November 2007.

Hayley Watson and Rebekah O`Neill from the centre management team launch a free crackers promotion in November 2007.

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