Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 14.20.15SUNDERLAND’S shopping centre is preparing to celebrate a landmark birthday – and is inviting people from across the region to take part.

The Bridges’ will be highlighting 15 years since the creation of Phase 2 – the section of the centre which includes a range of top stores and the flagship Debenhams.

And to mark the occasion the Bridges is planning a week of events from September 14 – 19, with a special celebration in the centre on Tuesday 15 – the actual anniversary itself.

And now the centre is looking for 14-year-olds who will also be celebrating their 15th birthday that week, to invite them along for an afternoon event with cake and a celebration gift.

The week will kick off on Sept 14 with the opportunity for shoppers to win one of 15 £15 gift cards on Twitter, followed by the birthday party the next day which will also include some surprise entertainment.

Wednesday is earmarked for a range of giveaways including some gifts courtesy of the centre’s Swarovski shop to mark the fact that 15 years is a crystal anniversary, with a balloon pop during late night shopping on Thursday September 17,where shoppers can win a number of prizes.

On Friday 18 the plan is to offer visitors a number of special discounts and offers, with the week ending with the chance for one shopper to win £15,000 – in a joint promotion with Heart Radio.

“This is a really special celebration for us and we are hoping to get as many shoppers and visitors as possible to take part in the fun,” said Andy Bradley, Centre Director.

“We also plan to make it a very special event for young people celebrating their 15th birthday that same week – and hopefully on the actual day – of our anniversary. “We look forward to them getting in touch and helping make this a birthday to remember.”

Anyone who is celebrating their 15th birthday during that week  – preferably on Tuesday 15 – is asked to get in touch with Marketing manager, Samantha Czwordon-Wright at samantha.czwordon-wright@bridgessunderland.co.uk for an invitation to the exclusive party.

Proof of age will be required.

For further information on the Bridges visit www.thebridges-shopping.com