Connie looking to bring fun to Metrocentre

Connie Barber with fellow Head of Fun at intu Metrocentre Ben Osborne. Picture by Kevin Gibson Photography.

Connie Barber with fellow Head of Fun at intu Metrocentre Ben Osborne. Picture by Kevin Gibson Photography.

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A youngster is leading the way to ensure there is plenty of entertainment for children at a shopping centre.

Connie Barber, from Cullercoats, is one of two six-year-olds appointed Heads of Fun at intu Metrocentre.

The Cullercoats Primary School pupil will offer a child’s eye view of the shopping centre and be responsible for making sure it continues to be child-friendly, providing a host of free fun events and activities.

The enthusiastic new recruits fought off stiff competition from hundreds of applicants from across the North East to bag the dream role.

Helen Atkinson, marketing manager at intu Metrocentre, said: “We were delighted to receive so many impressive applications, including artwork, poetry and videos demonstrating everything from singing and dancing to acrobatics.

“On the day of the interviews, Connie and Ben just blew us away! Even at six-years-old, both were confident enough to face the judging panel without their parents.

“Connie’s creative side shone through as she showed us her amazing collage – a life-size version of herself which she used to explain why she was perfect for the role.”

“Both children have just what we were looking for in a Head of Fun. They’re incredibly enthusiastic and ready for any adventure that comes their way – they’re a fantastic addition to the intu Metrocentre team!”

Connie said: “I’m really excited to be a Head of Fun with Ben – I didn’t believe it would happen until I got my uniform.

“I think it’s going to be great and I want lots of children to have loads of fun too!”