Redditch’s Kingfisher Centre, a retail landmark in the heart of the town, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a free exhibition full of photos, old adverts and even palm trees!
‘Kingfishtory’ is aimed at evoking memories for those who have visited the centre since it opened in 1973 and tells the story of how it, and retail, has evolved over time. Filled with photos, old TV adverts, memorabilia and quizzes, the Centre’s Management team have trawled the archives to produce an exhibition aimed at getting locals and visitors to reminisce.
Over the years Kingfisher has welcomed thousands of visitors, growing to become an integral part of the town’s identity.
The exhibition opens at 11am on Tuesday 12th September in 24 Walford Walk (opposite Clintons) and will run between 11am and 4pm every day until the end of the year. As well as a chronological run through the centre’s big moments, visitors will be able to see the famous people who have passed through Kingfisher’s doors, photos of many of the former shops over the years, old adverts some of which have very much dated, a brand quiz and an opportunity to share your own memories. The return of the palm trees will also be sure to be a draw.
The 50th anniversary celebrations are supported by Redditch Business Improvement District (BID) and are also part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme.
Adrian Field, General Manager at Kingfisher, commented: ‘The ‘Kingfishtory’ exhibition is a tribute to our tenants, shoppers, the wider community of Redditch and we extend our gratitude to Redditch BID for its invaluable support in bringing the celebrations to life. The team here have loved putting the exhibition together in the knowledge that we know that Redditch folk all love to look back and share memories, whether they worked or shopped here.’
For more information about Kingfisher Centre Redditch and the ‘Kingfishtory’ exhibition, please visit www.kingfishershopping.co.uk.