Residents have helped mark a centre’s anniversary at a special event.
A celebratory gathering took place to mark Wallsend Customer First Centre’s first anniversary.
The Wallsend Customer First Centre is now a fantastic facility in the heart of the town.Mayor Norma Redfearn
A week-long programme of themed community events took place, including a visit from Mayor Norma Redfearn.
She joined the Wallsend Diamond Club – an over 60s group – and shared a celebratory slice of birthday cake.
The centre was developed in partnership with NewRiver Retail – owners the Forum shopping centre.
Emma Mackenzie, asset manager for the Forum, said: “Following the successful delivery of the customer first centre in collaboration with North Tyneside Council, together with three new retailers in March last year, we have seen footfall for the centre increase by 27 per cent.
“We are progressing phase two development and look forward to enhancing the retail mix even further.”
“All of these exciting developments are helping regenerate Wallsend for the benefit of our local shoppers.”
Phase two of developments by NewRiver Retail in Wallsend will see a new Aldi supermarket development and single-story Burger King drive-through restaurant on a site at Hedley Place.
Mrs Redfearn said: “The Wallsend Customer First Centre is now a fantastic facility in the heart of the town.
“I know that it has made a huge difference to Wallsend and has been a catalyst for renewal in the town centre, bringing thousands of extra people into the Forum and surrounding shops and boosting local trade.
“We’re exceptionally proud of what the centre has achieved within its first year, and look forward to many more years of success.”
More than 314,000 people have used the Wallsend Customer First Centre since it opened last February.
The facility offers a wide range of community services including an extensive library with IT facilities, a customer services advice suite with self service payment machines, a popular cafe, free Wi-Fi and a fun and bright children’s zone complete with ‘story-telling chair’.
The centre supports a broad range of local groups, delivering activities for all ages and abilities.